Plumbing – CheckThisHouse Home maintenance, remodeling, repair, and improvement tips for your property Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:35:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tank Gas Water Heater Maintenance 2: TPRV, Tank Drainage, Flue-Way Sat, 16 Apr 2011 14:20:14 +0000 Second part of the tank gas water heater maintenance explains: TPR valve maintenance, water heater tank drainage, and internal flu-way maintenance / venting.]]> How to Properly Choose a Vanity to Improve Your Bathroom Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:35:28 +0000 One way to improve your bathroom is to add a vanity. A vanity can revamp a space without doing major remodeling. It improves how your bathroom will look, but it will also provide more storage spaces for your toiletries and towels. There are many vanities available, and it may give you a hard time choosing ... Read more]]> How to Choose an Emergency Plumber Fri, 29 May 2020 14:19:08 +0000 When it comes to the plumbing in your home, a range of problems can arise. This can cause a lot of issues as we rely on the plumbing to aid the smooth running of our homes. Everything from being able to do the laundry to being able to bath, shower, or flush the toilet can ... Read more]]> 6 Things To Consider Before Hiring a Plumber Tue, 25 Feb 2020 20:22:33 +0000 Male plumber in blue overallsfixes a leak.If you ever heard stories of an inexperienced plumber causing damage to an already ruined plumbing system, then you know how essential it is to hire the right person for the job. If you think you can rely on a random person after just a confirmation on the phone call, you’re wrong! There are plenty ... Read more]]> 3 Ways To Avoid Large Scale Bathroom Renovations Tue, 20 Nov 2018 19:52:21 +0000 Well-functioning bathrooms achieve a lot. When they run well and look good, they increase the value of our homes, they keep us safe from things like mold, and they allow us to feel refreshed and at home in our houses. Sometimes, though, our bathrooms themselves are in need of a refresh. As those who own ... Read more]]> Water Heater Inspection Guidelines & Home Inspector Tips Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:23:17 +0000 Hot Water InspectionWater Heater Inspection Guidelines The following water heater inspection guide covers 3 types of the most popular water heater installations: Gas, natural draft, tank water heaters utilizing galvanized steel vent pipe Gas, power vent equipped, tank water heaters utilizing PVC vent pipe Electric water heaters There might be some minor discrepancies between jurisdictions which will in most (probably not all) cases concern seismic areas water heater installations. I’ll cover it within this water heater inspection manual but I would highly recommend to obtain a water heater installation permit from your local building department (usually required) and verify plumbing code requirements in your particular area. Water heater [...]]]> Anode Rod, WH shut-down & Combustion Air: Water Heater Maintenance Part 3 Sun, 17 Apr 2011 00:22:39 +0000 You have reached Part 3 of Tank Gas Water Heater Maintenance Water Heater Maintenance Part 1 Water Heater Maintenance Part 2 Water Heater Maintenance Part 3 Use the navigation above to revisit Parts 1 & 2 of this important gas water heater maintenance procedure. Part 3 covers the following: Sacrificial Anode Rod maintenance Vacation and ... Read more]]> Gas Water Heater Maintenance 1 | How To Maintain Tank Water Heaters Sat, 16 Apr 2011 03:53:59 +0000 Garage Gas Water Heater Installation Requirements & How To Fri, 08 Oct 2010 18:30:50 +0000 garage gas water heaterThe following are the general requirements for the garage gas water heater installation concerning its burner chamber height above the floor surface. Depending on the model / type / age of your particular water heater and your jurisdiction, they may or may not apply – always check before the installation. If there’s no manual explaining the garage gas water heater installation requirements, contact the manufacturer and ask for  instructions for your particular model (in many cases you’ll be able to obtain it online).]]> Furnace, Water Heater & Vent Pipe Clearance Guides & Locations Sat, 07 Mar 2009 03:25:02 +0000 furnace, hot water tank clearance locationsGas burning appliances vent pipes produce heat when discharging exhaust gases to exterior. Temperature of the vent pipe is transferred to the surrounding area and all the materials that are in the vent pipe vicinity. Problems start arising if those materials are combustible and located to close to the furnace, water heater vent pipe. If you apply heat to a combustible material for some period of time (that varies between materials), its point of ignition will gradually get lower and eventually little heat will be required to start a fire – that’s why you need a clearance between the vent pipe and a combustible material.]]> Gas Water Heater PVC Vent Pipe and WH Power Vent Sat, 21 Feb 2009 05:04:26 +0000 The following information does not apply to a tankless type water heater power vent systems. PVC vent pipes can be used only with water heater power vent /exhaust motor equipped hot water heaters also known as an induced draft gas water heaters. The following information may also apply to CPVC and ABS pipes if such installations ... Read more]]> Combustion Air for Fuel Burning Appliances Fri, 23 Jan 2009 05:23:28 +0000 How to Install a Saddle Valve, Tips & Guidelines Mon, 19 Jan 2009 04:00:04 +0000 How to Install a Saddle ValveIf the saddle valve installation is your first plumbing job, don’t worry, it’s very simple. Just follow these instructions carefully: Even if the saddle valve came with some appliance installation kit, it may not be permitted in your area. You may want to check if such installation complies with your local plumbing code. This How to Install Saddle Valve Guide covers copper pipe installation. However, you can also use it for plastic and galvanized pipes since most steps are almost identical, and I will explain the difference whenever [...]]]> 9 Why Plumbing Vent Flashing Does Not Work with Roofing Cement Tue, 13 Jan 2009 03:53:53 +0000 plumbing vent flashingHouse plumbing vent flashing is required around the pipe at its roof surface penetration. Without it, or if improperly installed, rain water or melting snow will seep around the vent and damage the roof decking material, sometimes making its way down to the wall / ceiling surfaces inside the property. Depending on your roofing material ... Read more]]> 1 Gas Water Heater and Furnace Chimney Flue Size Calculations Tue, 18 Nov 2008 03:55:13 +0000 Furnace Chimney Flue Size CalculationsChimney Flue Size Calculations The following gas water heater and furnace chimney flue size calculations are based on Peoples Gas “Construction Guide for Gas Usage” in the city of Chicago and National Fuel Gas Code. Before applying any of the following rules, you must check your local building code requirements, and appliance manufacturer installation instruction. Have you checked your house brick chimney lately… or whatever type of the chimney you have? Did you have a new furnace or water heater installed / was your house chimney flue recalculated for those new appliances? Make sure that you chimney flue size / diameter is correct; [...]]]> Most Common Cast Iron Drain Pipes Problems Fri, 31 Oct 2008 03:46:52 +0000 cast iron drain problemsIf you are living in an older house, its plumbing might contain cast iron drain lines. Compared to the newer PVC pipes, cast iron drains are much quieter during operation; but at the same time, they might prove to have significant, and quite expensive, problems. Some cast iron pipes have a tendency to corrode and ... Read more]]> Plumbing Vent Problems in Your House & Other Common Sewer and Drain Issues Mon, 27 Oct 2008 04:58:37 +0000 Plumbing Vent ProblemsHouse Plumbing Vent, Sewer and Drain The purpose of a plumbing vent in your house is to remove sewer gases from the drainage system and equalize its atmospheric pressure. Without the plumbing vent, our toilets and all other home plumbing fixtures might not be draining properly, can cause unusual noises (like gurgling or belching as and after they discharge), and could be responsible for an unpleasant sewer gas smell inside the house. A house plumbing vent is one of those features that may easily become compromised. Some of the most common reasons for the plumbing vent to lose its performance is our [...]]]> Chimney Flue Requirements, Furnace and Water Heater Venting Fri, 20 Jun 2008 18:07:44 +0000 Chimney Flue RequirementsProper furnace / water heater venting is an extremely important issue, which depends on the performance of the house chimney / chimney flue or other exhaust assemblies. The conditions explained in this post also apply to the wood burning appliances. Consequences of improperly assembled vent pipes, problematic chimney flue, deteriorating chimney walls can be sometimes fatal – fire and Carbon Monoxide poisoning are topping the list. Therefore, combustion products from your furnace, water heater, wood burning fireplace, and any other appliance that requires some kind of an exterior vent / chimney, have to be properly properly discharged to the exterior. Certain requirements [...]]]> House Water Heater Vent Pipe Tips & How To Do It Right Wed, 19 Mar 2008 22:14:46 +0000 There’s more about the water heater vent pipe in my article below the video. Follow the links to skip down for more important information. Water heater vent pipe draft hood Water heater vent pipe material Water heater vent pipe connections Water heater vent pipe pitch Water heater vent pipe corrosion Water heater vent pipe clearances ... Read more]]> 57 Water Heater Gas Connectors & Flexible Gas Water Heater Connectors Sat, 08 Mar 2008 02:30:13 +0000 Water Heater gas connectorsWater Heater Gas Connector Illinois remained very conservative, as far as water heater gas connector type (or any other permanently installed appliance gas connection), which used to be black steel pipe only. However, according to Peoples Gas / Nicor website “Updated Construction Guide” (just fill-up the pup-up from and you’ll be able to open it) the use of CSST – corrugated stainless steel tubing, as a final gas connection for permanently installed appliances, such as water heaters, furnaces and boilers is now permitted. If you are planning to use CSST tubing as a water heater gas connector, make sure that you consult this [...]]]> 5 What is a TPRV (Temporary Pressure Relief Valve) and Why They’re Important Mon, 03 Mar 2008 04:34:44 +0000 TPR ValveWater Heater TPR Valve Water heater TPR valve must be installed on every water heater (gas or electric). TPRV – Temporary Pressure Relief  Valve Water heater TPR valve is also known as Watts Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve. The pressure relief valve is usually located on top or side wall of the tank enclosure (tankless water heater safety valve, also known as T&P valve is located underneath the appliance). Some old water heater tanks (1960s or earlier – they are still operating in some houses), were not equipped with pressure relief valves, and I would highly recommend replacement for safety and financial reasons [...]]]> 3 Gas Pipes Fri, 25 Jan 2008 04:44:55 +0000 Read more]]>