Plumbing Emergencies – Life Snake in Bathrooms – Causes and Solutions

There have been several serious reports of life snakes bites in the bathrooms. The causes of this plumbing emergency case may be: (A) Bad building plan (B) Bad Plumbing installation. Builders should make sure that block walls are properly plastered with well mixed cement up to the ceiling level.

An outer ceiling must be made of strong lasting materials that will not rotten with time to create chance for reptiles to climb into the roof. On the other hand careless plumbing installations in the house, has created loopholes for rats, lizards, frogs, toads, and even snakes to gain entrance into living apartments through the bathroom waste pipelines.

My concern of such happenings adds more, but most often when people are bitten by snakes right in their rooms, and at times such bites results to serious illness and even death.

As a professional plumber, I have gone to many homes for emergencies but many a times I come across plumbing waste pipe laid into big street drainage without any wire mesh or drain trap to cover them at all.

Recently, a house wife called me for repairs which involved big rats getting into her bathroom through waste water pipeline.

Also, another white housewife, a Russian told me how a rat ran into a toilet seat and got away through the retained water in the WC trap. Some reptiles in the search of water or cool places during hot climate, always trace water from big gutters and drain pipes into bathroom especially where we  have bushes, forest and swarms.

Solution:

I recommend that only qualified plumbers with years of experience should handle plumbing installations located at places mention above, materials for such jobs must be of good standard with good water seals, example are, water closets, floor drains.

All vents must be covered with stainless or plastic vent cover with tiny holes to let out air. All the baths, sinks, wash hand basin should be fixed with good resealing traps.

Never enter any dark toilet without light. Use torches where there is no electricity, where there is electricity; switch for bathroom light must be fixed before the bathroom door to enable users to light the room before entry. The above suggestions will help to prevent unnecessary plumbing emergencies in bathrooms.

We Recommend the Green Plumbing

In this article discussing the benefits of green plumbing we strongly recommend it. Our home or otherwise plumbing is the source of water supply from the main line or tanker to the bathrooms, kitchen and points where we want the supply of the water. Up till now the pipes of different metals have been introduced in the market. The pipes of copper and iron etc. remained in use for a so long time. A change in this field also occurred with the passage of time and plastic pipes were introduced in the market. The reason for manufacturing the plastic pipes was to enable the people having not or having small budget for construction of building and plumbing installation.

PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) is a so hard type of the plastic that it can be used without any hesitation to make the pipes to be used for plumbing. It is an unbreakable kind of the plastic. When the manufacturer was successful to convert this plastic to the pipes, he consulted the forum which had the power to decide that whether or not the PEX pipes are hygienically fit for water supply. It was certified that the PEX pipes are suitable for the supply of the water to be used for drinking, washing and bathing purposes.

Firstly the green plumbing material is as hard as required. The pipes and supporting equipments are unbreakable despite of hitting anything which can be expected in a home or other building. We have seen that at some places the green plumbing installation exists from many years. It is rightly said that during the time period (in which the green plumbing did not require any repairing or replacement), the plumbing of other material must need something (repairing of any pipe or supporting device or internal cleaning).

Secondly being an underground piping, it is a hidden installation. Thus its bad look or cheapness is not considerable, which is main reason of its less usage. If the plumbing is an exposed one, no problem, the green pipe plumbing can be made beautiful and strong due to easily cut able pipes. If the small lengths are used, the line remains straight despite of severe cold and hot.

Thirdly the green plumbing material is easily available. Services for the installation of this material are also available. Repairing and replacements are easy and low priced. Fourthly the internal surface of the green pipes is more slippery than the surface of other metal pipes, thus the flow of water is fast and regular. Moreover if any time there is the situation of standing water in the green pipes, unlike other pipes the chances of rust accumulation and corrosion are not there.

Upshot is that we have no reason to present if we refuse the green plumbing installation. Rather we have many reasons to choose the green plumbing installation e.g. sufficiently available in the market, low prices of the material, repairs and replacements, installation etc. So the green plumbing installation is recommended to the viewers and other.

Ways to Install a PEX Tubing System

Installation of PEX plumbing systems should be carried out strictly according to the project in hand. Normally, PEX plumbing systems are installed by trained professionals with technical knowledge of the system. But if you want to install PEX plumbing systems on your own then there are certain things you would have to keep in mind before you set out to do the actual task of installing a full-fledged PEX plumbing system.

What is PEX?

Firstly, you have to know what PEX is. For the uninitiated, PEX is cross-linked polyethylene. These are often used for radiant heating purposes, but now these are also used extensively for hot and cold plumbing installations. PEX tubing and plumbing systems are easy to work with since they are quite flexible. This is one advantage PEX systems have over normal copper systems. Owing to its design, PEX is also more durable under temperature extremes and chemical attack. It is also highly resistant to creep deformation.
Steps to be followed while installing PEX:

Below is a simple step by step guideline on how to install such a plumbing system. Just follow these steps carefully and you will be able to install a PEX plumbing system at your home without the help of any technician. It will also save you some extra bucks.

Things required for installing a PEX Plumbing system:

  • PEX piping and fittings
  • PEX crimps
  • PEX manifold with ball valves
  • Nailing plates
  • PEX stub outs

Tools:

  • Hammer
  • Soldering machine
  • PEX cutting equipments
  • Straps
  • Hangars
  • Paddle bit
  • Crimp gauge
  • Right-angle drill

Step-1:

Slowly start drilling after you have placed the bit up to the stud. Increase your drilling speed as you move forward. While drilling, just make sure that each hole is at the same level so that the pipe can run parallel to the floor. Also drill through the sill plate and sub-floor for individual water lines.

Step-2:

After you are done with drilling, insert and run the water lines through those holes. In most cases, the water lines come through the floor. But in certain other cases, the lines may come through the wall studs. In those cases, make sure you drill the holes right at the center so that while hanging the board, the screw and nails of the board do not harm or damage the pipes in any way.

Step-3:

Pull the lines upwards through the holes on the sub-floor. Also, run the other end to the area where water will be coming into the home. Leave pout some extra pipes on both the ends. Now use the clamps and secure the lines to the joists. Make sure, you keep the hot and cold lines as far apart as possible to minimize heat transfer.

Step-4:

Now do the rough stub-outs for the sinks. You can use a right-angle drill or a paddle bit to carry out this task. Just make sure to cut-off the rough fitting cap and install finish valves after you put up the walls.

Step-5:

It is now time to install the crimps. For the perfect crimp set up, make sure the PEX is straight when you cut it. Now slide a crimp ring onto and then insert the pipe in the crimp fitting. Use slip-joint pliers to slide the crimp ring up. Do not do it with your fingers, or else you might hurt yourself while tightening the crimp ring. Make sure the crimp ring is 1/8 inches or 1/4 inches from the end of the pipe.

Step-6:

Now rough the lines to the fixtures. Do not solder around the PEX tubing or you might end up damaging the pipes. You should use a fitting called PEX 90. After it has cooled from soldering, you can fit it onto the PEX water line.

Step-7:

Position the valve in a way where they will face down when they are hung in their places. Solder them to their positions.

Step-8:

You can now pull up the water lines from the crawlspace and connect them to the manifold. Screw the top brackets to stud keeping them at eye level. Also install the bottom brackets to the manifold.

Step-9:

Now mark all the holes with a nail and start drilling them. Just make sure you do not damage the manifold while you are doing your drilling work. Put the manifold on the ground after you have finished you drilling work.

Step-10:

Now you can attach the PEX ball valves to the manifold. Screw every valve onto its port properly. Get one of the lines and pull it up to the valve to make sure it fits properly. This type of arrangement will mean that each fixture will have its own shut-off valve.

Step-11:

After you are done with fitting the ball valves, you can now pull up the PEX tubing from the crawlspace and attach them at their places.