Securing Pipes To Cement: What You Will Need
When you want to be sure that the pipes in your home are properly supported, you can secure them to the cement walls in your basement. (If you do not have any pipes that run close to the walls, then you can secure them to the wood flooring in the same manner, using a different drill bit than the one listed below.) If you are investing in new pipe installation too, then now is the perfect time to secure the pipes to every hard surface you can. It will prevent rattling, shaking and loosening of your home's plumbing.
Parts and Tools
You will need several pipe hangers, for starters. Buy pipe hangers that will fit both the diameter of the pipes in your home as well as the space you have to secure these hangers. There are multiple styles and sizes of pipe hangers to fit your needs, but residential plumbing hangers should be made of copper to prevent corrosion from pipe condensation.
You will also need:
- A drill
- A drill bit for drilling holes into cement and one that also matches the size of the holes in your pipe hangers
- Several cement screws, which can drive into cement and tightly secure the hangers
- A tape ruler to measure and mark off every foot of installed pipe (optional, unless you want to be exact in your application of the pipe hangers)
Pipe Hanger Installation
If your plumbing contractor did not or does not install pipe hangers, which is highly unusual, you can install them using the following method.
- Measure off every twelve inches of pipe (if the pipes are less than an inch in diameter).
- Using the drill, pre-drill the holes for the screws using a hanger as a template for where the screws will go.
- Line up each hanger over the pipe and against the cement (or wood, as the case may be).
- Switching out the drill bit for a driver bit, power-drive the screws into the cement through the hanger holes until the hanger is tight and there is no wiggle room.
- Continue this installation procedure, repeating the steps for every hanger you intend to install.
Although it is unlikely that you will get so carried away that you will overtighten the screws, make sure the hangers do not indent or bend the pipes. If you see this happening, stop. You need to watch the pipes as you install the hangers. Most metal pipes will resist any pressure from the hangers, but PVC pipes might bend under the strain. As with any other home project, you can always consult your contractor when things go awry.For more information, visit sites like http://jenkinsplumbingexcavation.com.