How to Install Drains and Water Lines the Right Way

During the last 10 years people have found that it is easier than ever to do home improvement projects on their own rather than paying high costs for professionals. One area that this can be done in is with installing drains in your house. It is especially true regarding sinks.

Sinks are usually found in the kitchen and bathroom of homes. So this is most likely where you will be installing sink drains. For kitchen drains, you’ll need a drain of 1 ½ inches. Bathroom drains are 1 ¼ inches. Typically, the drains are made from PVC plastic, but there are older ones made from chrome and brass.

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In addition to deciding what size your drain needs to be, you’ll also need to figure out the type of pipe you’ll need. Home sinks drain either horizontally or vertically. The majority of the horizontal drains are found in houses built during the last decade. If you’re putting in a horizontal drain, you need a P-trap, and vertical drains take an S-trap.

You’ll probably need to buy extra straight pipe if the sink is a good distance from the wall or floor. Also, if either room has two sinks in need of draining, you will need to buy a T-junction that lets both sinks dump water into the same drain.

Once you have all the pipes you need, the rest of the installation is a piece of cake. Just connect the pipes and fasten them between the sink and floor or wall drain with washers or bolts. When you join PVC drain pipes, use pipe thread compound. It seals the pipes and prevents pipe erosion.

Something else that is vital to the success of your plumbing installation is that you invest in quality pipes and skilled workmanship. The pipe needs to be strong enough to withstand water pressure and not break when bumped or kicked. Double check that you have secured all connections so you don’t have water leaks.

You will find that this is not as hard as you may have thought it was. Once you have successfully practiced on drain installation, you will most likely be ready to move on to harder projects such as bathtubs and showers.