What You Need to Know About DIY Plumbing

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There are many things that can go wrong when you are doing a DIY plumbing job. Here are the things that you really need to know about DIY plumbing.

Know Where to Shut Off the Water

The most fundamental thing to know about is how to shut off the water supply to the home. If you don’t know how to do this, then you won’t be able to do anything else either. Even if you are carrying out a relatively minor plumbing project, you need to turn off the water supply first.

It will help you to avoid any potential disasters. Most shutoff valves are located in the basement, but all homes are different. You need to know where yours is and how to use it. It’s normally as simple as turning the valve though.

Hot Water Requires Different Pipes

There are different pipes for different tasks, and you need to know this if you’re replacing a pipe in your home. You can’t simply take any old pipe and expect it to do the job you want it to do. For example, if the pipe you are replacing carries hot water, then it will require CPVC fittings and pipes. CPVCs are capable of carrying very hot water without it causing a problem. So, before you carry out a DIY plumbing job, make sure you understand what the pipe does and carries.

You Need to Understand Your Whole Plumbing System

If you’re going to look after your plumbing system and fix any problems that arise, you really need to understand how it works. Homes are all different, and the plumbing systems will work in different ways. So, you need to get to know your own plumbing system and how it all works. The more information you have and understand with regards to your home, the easier it will be for you to source and fix any problems that arise.

How to Fix Frozen Pipes

Any pipes that feed in or out of your home can get frozen when the temperature drops. Many of these are located in the loft or under the home where they have no protection from cold temperatures. When they freeze up, they can stop the flow of water. It’s simple to fix the problem though. As long as you can locate the frozen pipe, you can just use a hair dryer or a hot water bottle to melt the ice. And, in future, you should use pipe insulation to stop it from happening again.

Why Isn’t Water Coming From the Tap?

When you turn on your taps and no water comes out, it’s very frustrating. The first thing you need to do is try to find out what the source of the problem is. Start by checking that the flow is on. And then if the problem persists, then there’s a high chance that there is a block somewhere in your system. In the winter, it’s likely that is down to ice or freezing somewhere along the line. It could also be the case that there is an air lock or some other kind of blockage. To get this fixed, it’s probably best to call the water supplier.

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If you want something done, do it yourself; other wise it’ll never get done. Learn to do it if you don’t know and never despair until you finish what has to be done.

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