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
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.