5 Things The Amateur Plumber Can Do To Reduce Dripping When Installing A New Dishwasher

If you have a small plumbing job, such as adding an extension or split after a faucet to hook up a dishwasher to a water source, you may consider completing the project yourself. While sometimes this type of project can be simple, you may find that you have a slight drip when you finish the project. After taking everything apart and starting over a few times, you may get frustrated if the drip is still there. If you have a drip that will not stop, follow this guide for installing pipes without a drip. 

Start With Clean, Dry Components 

If the components that you want to attach are wet, then the water can create a path for future water to flow out of. It can be more difficult to thread the components correctly, and some items, such as pipe dope, will not work properly. For this reason, you should take a clean, dry rag and wipe off all of the components that will be fitted together. Using a hairdryer to heat the ends of the component slightly can help ensure that they are completely dry. 

Use Teflon Tape or Pipe Dope

Teflon tape and pipe dope are used in similar ways. They are layered on the male side of a threaded pipe before it is inserted into a female component. This fills any gaps between the threads and prevents drips. In most cases, 3-5 layers of tape is sufficient, but if you have pipe with poor threading or a stubborn leak, you will definitely want to upgrade to pipe dope, which should be spread in a thick layer around the threading and inserted into the other component before it dries.  

It is important that you do not confuse pipe dope with plumber's putty, which is used to reduce leaking in situations where pipes are not under pressure. Overtime, plumber's putty can wear down, allowing leaks through. 

Reduce the Number of Joints

If you are connecting multiple components together to get the perfect angle for your dishwasher to connect to, consider purchasing a single component with the correct angle. This reduces the number of joints you will have to seal. While you are purchasing components, make sure that you buy high quality components. Check that they thread together easily when you purchase them. 

Use Rubber Washers

Before joining the components, you should place a small rubber washer inside the female component. As you tighten the components together, the rubber washer will create a seal that does not allow water into the threaded area of the pipe. If you are replacing pipes, you should purchase new rubber washers. They are an inexpensive investment that can greatly reduce the likelihood of leaking. 

​Do Not Over-tighten 

When you connect your components, you should tighten them until you encounter significant resistance. However, you do not want to over-tighten the pipes. This can damage the rubber washers you are using, causing leaks to happen. If you have a leak when you are finished, as opposed to tightening the component, you may want to start over, adding more tape or pipe dope instead. With practice, you will be able to tell if you are over-tightening pipes or if they are too loose. 

If you still have a drip after following this installation guide, it is important to call a professional plumber. A slight drip can waste water and cost you money over time. Additionally, it can add stress to your system, causing you to replace your components earlier than you would have to if there was not a drip. Adding a component after a faucet should be a quick, inexpensive job, but hiring a professional can reduce your stress over the project. For more information or advice, contact a business such as Central Plumbing Specialties.