Originally Posted by PLUMBER_BILL
What steps do you take to protect a customers plumbing from freezing?
You have to be on the constant lookout for problems especially in new construction. For other trade mistakes that will harm your plumbing.
E.G. Faulty insulation, including putting it on the wrong side of piping.
Framing where a uninsulated pocket is left. Where draft
stopping is not in place. Where a dryer vent or a fan vent is run in
the same bay as your piping. When the 2nd floor bath is built out
over a garage and is insulated but not sheethed. Insulation that is
not stapled in, just pushed in. It falls out in a couple of years.
You as the plumber will get the call when the water doesn't flow.
99 times out of a 100 it is not the fault of the plumbing. Some
times the only recourse is to heat tape it. Whose ever you use
read the instructions as to an overlay of insulation and the hazards
of protection as to heat tape.
Personally I would rather find out the cause -- and fix it so it does not freeze again. Or at least tell the customer why it froze and what they should do ...[/QUOTE]
Bill, I am thankful for the info. I am speaking mostly to the manufactured homes, I may not like them, but it is a reality of housing. Most calls I have been on have been due to neglect, or ignorance.