How to Finish a Plumbing Job
Learn how to spot tiny leaks and flush debris out of pipes after finishing up a plumbing job with this expert advice from the job site.
Check for leaks
Don’t get fooled by condensation
Stress-test drain lines
Flush before you caulk
Detect drips with paper
Locate leaks with tissue
Check sink rims
Flush out the sediment
What to do depends on the pipes
Start at a high-volume, low-risk valve
When flushing lines, you’ll be tempted to shut off the water after 10 seconds. That’s not long enough. One minute is the minimum. In a large house with long runs of supply pipe, let it flow for several minutes. Better to waste some water than to repair plugged faucets.