How to Fit Waste Pipes Correctly

General Introduction

Pipes are not fine wine and they do not get better with age. Every once in a while your waste pipes will need either maintenance or replacement. Careful inspection should be done beforehand to determine any issues that might occur with your waste pipes. These pipes can corrode over time and leak. Fortunately, most replacement parts are designed universally meaning the parts can be found in most DIY or home improvement shops. However, if you are installing waste pipes for sinks, basins, showers or baths for the first time, some consideration must be taken before you purchase the parts.

Kitchen Sink

Kitchen Sink

First Steps

If you are installing waste pipe fittings to sinks and basins, this can be a tricky task as it involves you finding the right routing to connect all waste fittings to go to the main waste system. You might have to create a hole through the wall to connect these pipes. You should study the layout of the waste system in your home or desired building. Once you have found the route, it is time to choose the types of pipes and waste traps that you might incorporate in your project. The good thing is that when you choose to purchase waste pipe fittings, you can choose the option of buying the fittings separately. Nevertheless, it is strongly recommended that you purchase a whole set to save you trouble and more effort in case you get the wrong parts. In addition, purchasing waste pipe fittings usually gives you the option of various connectors that enable you to connect the pipes to other areas of pipe work such as to your washing machine or dishwasher.

Undersink Waste System

Whenever you purchase a new sink, it includes a small waste system which fits below the actual sink itself. This system is called the undersink waste system. Like other waste systems, when installing a new sink, basin, shower or bath, they again include a set system which can enable you to connect them to your main waste system. The fittings, or so called appliance fittings, are extremely useful as they only require a limited space and work like a charm if your area is rather limited in size. As with most undersink systems, they include parts such as the downpipe, the P-trap and connectors. They are mostly of PVC but options are available in metal formed waste pipe fittings.

Undersink Waste Pipe Fittings

Undersink Waste Pipe Fittings

Working with Limited Space

Sometimes, we just do not have enough space to fit our pipes. This fact should not deter you in thinking that your project is going to be costly and you are going to have to make a big hole in your wall. There are other viable options that make any area possible to fit waste pipe fittings. Even if you have limited space, for example one found in a kitchen basin or sink, you can design the routing of your waste pipe fittings in any way that you please. This means that you will have to at least install the main parts of the downpipe and the P-trap. How long the downpipe is and the location of the P-trap is totally up to you. The important thing to consider is that there are no leaks involved and you have a system that can drain the water.

Dealing with Blockage

If your waste pipe fittings start to cause you errs such as blockage, this should be a problem that can be easily taken care of without any difficult requirements. As most pipes have threaded connectors that can easily be dismantled, if you ever have a blockage simply take apart your undersink waste pipe fittings and clean them thoroughly. We strongly recommend that if you do install any sort of waste water system, it is advisable to install filters and strainers to catch solid objects to prevent blockage. For instance, a kitchen sink should incorporate strainers just over the inlet of the waste pipe fittings.

Waste Pipes

Waste Pipes

Final Words

Lastly, if you ever need to make a hole through your wall, it is best to do it with a strong drill. You will have to determine the diameter based on the size of the pipes themselves. Try to avoid working with a chisel as it can create an uneven hole and possible crack nearby areas of the wall. Remember to have the right tools before undergoing any projects and always consult with a professional to prevent you from spending more money than you really need. Finally, always take into consideration the routing of your pipes and how it connects to the main waste system in your house.