In an older home, pipes are often made of materials, such as cast iron, that are not nearly as durable and efficient as those used today. If you are planning to have your piping replaced by a professional plumber, this is an update that will bring great value to your home. However, this type of plumbing repair can be time consuming and a major undertaking for any professional. In order to be sure that the replacement is accomplished as quickly as possible, there are a few things you should do to prepare for the upcoming project.
Cover Flooring with Protective Plastic
During the replacement of pipes throughout your home, the plumber will be running in and out of the home for supplies and carrying out sections of pipeline that may be filled with years worth of grime. Pipe replacement is a dirty job and even though most professionals will try to keep the mess at bay, it is always helpful to cover carpet flooring or other surfaces with plastic to keep them protected.
Keep Pets and Small Children Out of the Way
You may have a little one that is very curious about what is taking place, but it is best to keep little ones busy with something else or even out of the home until the project is complete. The more times the plumber has to stop and answer questions or make sure that your child is out of the way, the longer the project will take to complete. The same goes for curious pets who can get into the plumber's supplies or cause a distraction while they are trying to work.
Prepare to Be Without Water
When a pipe replacement project is taking place, water to the home will often have to be completely shut off. If you are expecting a plumber for this type of project, it is a good idea to prepare in advance by making sure to have water on hand. Fill buckets, bowls, and pans with water for cooking and washing your hands while the plumber is at work. If you have major concern about not having access to water, you may want to plan to visit with a neighbor or family member while the project is being completed.
Preparing in advance for your pipe replacement with a professional plumber will help you to ensure that the project goes off without a hitch. Use these tips to help you be ready for the plumber, such as someone from Zap-It Drains Inc, to arrive.