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How To Install Waste Pipe Fittings

Updated on March 9, 2016

As with any home-improvement task, it’s always tempting to start brushing up your DIY skills and giving the job a go yourself; after all you usually end up saving money and can get the work done exactly how you like it, without letting strangers into your home at all hours messing around with belongings or furniture that get in their way. That said, there are some jobs in which you will simply and suddenly find yourself out of your depth – and installing waste pipes is one of them. It may sound like an easy case of changing a few pipes here and there, but in fact waste pipe installation could get you caught up in a lot of dirty water, quite literally. It’s one of the rare instances where a relatively small home-improvement task really does require a professional pair of hands.

Whether you need a new bath waste pipe, toilet soil pipe or need to install new shower waste fittings, a competent and fully-qualified plumber will know exactly what you need and where to get it, and be able to get the job done in half the time it would take to do-it-yourself. Below we have listed some of the major benefits of hiring a professional waste pipe installer, as well as outlining the basic Building Regulations you would have to adhere to if you were to try things yourself – but which a professional is likely to know already.

Professional Waste Pipe Installation

A professional plumber will be able to:

  • Provide all the necessary tools and equipment for a successful waste pipe fitting job, including inlet connections; feed pipes of various lengths; feed connectors; a flexible soil pipe; a stand-pipe adaptor; and protective clothing and eyewear.
  • Ensure the soil pipe fall offers adequate room for a smooth, unobstructed waste-water flow that won’t result in prolonged blockages or air-traps.
  • Provide the correct pipe-work and waste outlets for a variety of units, including sinks, basins, toilets, shower cubicles, bathtubs, dishwashers and washing machines.
  • Repair and replace any floorboards or panelling that needs to be temporarily moved and relocated during installation.
  • Accurately measure all the necessary pipe-work and cut it to the appropriate length, so water flows smoothly from the house in the right direction with minimal interference with the aesthetic interior of the property (such as installing extra, visible outlets etc.)
  • Bring professional past experience to the job that will allow them to complete the pipe installation in a matter of days to the highest quality.
  • Comply with all the appropriate Building Regulations (as outlined below).

Waste Pipe Building Regulations

According to the Building Regulations 2000 Part H: Drainage and Waste Disposal, all professional tradesmen and/or homeowners fitting new waste pipes need to comply with the following soil pipe regulations and conditions of work:

  • Drainage must be of adequate size and capacity to cope with rainwater and used water from the property in question.
  • Waste pipe fittings and all drainage systems must be sanitary, impermeable to liquids and adequately ventilated at all times.
  • Waste must be redirected to a public sewer, private sewer, septic tank or cesspool.
  • Where waste is redirected to a septic tank or cesspool the surrounding environment must not be damaged or contaminated in any way.
  • Where the waste is redirected into anything other than a public sewer, adequate notices must be displayed on the property.
  • Drainage must be regularly maintained and serviced to ensure all soil pipe connections and plumbing waste fittings comply with all of the above.

These guidelines are designed to show how intricate and delicate installing new waste pipe fittings can be, and while it’s not impossible for DIY home-owners to give the job a go it is highly recommended that youhire a professional plumber to do the work for you, as any mistakes can result in the temporary flooding of your property – and water damage is costly to resolve.

When you’re looking for the right tradesmen make sure you compare a number of different quotes from both local and national contractors. See if family or friends can make any recommendations too, and don’t be scared to conduct informal phone interviews to see if a prospective employee is right for you – the last thing you need is a dodgy cowboy-builder messing with the pipe-work in your home and charging you for the privilege!

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