If you run a plumbing business, you are probably pretty familiar with testing pipes for leaks and other issues. However, you might not have a lot of experience with using test plugs for this purpose. If you're ready to start making use of test plugs in your plumbing business -- or if you aren't sure of whether or not you have been using test plugs properly so far -- then you will find these tips to be pretty helpful.
Know That They're Made From Different Materials
Test plugs are made from different materials, each of which has its own benefits and comes at its own price point. Typically, test plugs are not made from metal; this is because they have to be made from a more flexible material that allows them to be put in place easily, and also because there is a concern of rust and corrosion. They do, however, have to be made from a durable material that can hold up well after multiple uses -- after all, you should be able to use the test plugs that you buy many times, on many different plumbing projects -- and that can provide a good seal for pipe testing. Nylon is a popular choice because it's one of the most affordable materials that is used for making test plugs, but many people do prefer PVC test plugs, so this is an option you should check out as well.
Know That You'll Need to Buy Them in Different Sizes
You might be used to dealing with pipes of all different sizes when you're working on plumbing jobs. You also know that leaks come in different sizes, too, from tiny pinhole-sized holes to much bigger holes and imperfections. Many plumbers find that it's best for them to buy test plugs in a few different sizes since they typically want to be well-prepared for the jobs that they will be taking on. After all, you probably will not know about the size of the plumbing pipes that you'll be working on until you arrive at the job site, and you'll want to be sure that you have the right test plugs on hand for the job. You can even purchase a kit that includes a few different sizes of test plugs, which can be a good way to start off your collection.
As you can see, using test plugs in your plumbing business should be pretty easy. Just remember the points above, and implementing and using them should not be difficult at all.