Diy Home Plumbing

DIY home plumbing is limited to the plumbing jobs in your home that you can do yourself. Remember that plumbing is a highly skilled activity and most countries insist that plumbing installations are completed by qualified plumbers. But there are many DIY home plumbing jobs that you can do yourself. You can even do parts of plumbing installations, providing a plumber ensures it is done correctly and is willing to take responsibility for the job. You will find that DIY home plumbing projects range from fixing leaks and dismantling traps, to installing pipework and building in sanitary ware.

Most DIY home plumbing projects involve our kitchens and bathrooms, because these are the two rooms in the house where we use water. But we also use water in our gardens and sometimes in workrooms or in the garage. So what kinds of projects are you likely to tackle?

DIY Home Plumbing Repairs

The simplest DIY home plumbing jobs involve straightforward repairs. For example if you have a dripping tap or a leaking cistern, these are relatively easy problems to sort out. If pipes are frozen you should be able to thaw them reasonably easily, and if pipes burst you may be able to fix them yourself. You will certainly be able to switch off the water mains and take emergency action, even if you are forced to call in a plumber afterwards.

Pipes often leak at joints or where fittings have been attached, and you should be able to deal with these leaks yourself. If copper or galvanized pipe is damaged or leaking, you may need soldering or welding skills to repair them, although there are types of plastic pipes that you can use for some repairs. Leaking taps are easily fixed by any competent DIY plumber, usually by replacing washers or ceramic discs.

Other common DIY repair jobs include fixing toilet cisterns, to make the toilet flush or prevent the cistern from overflowing. Sometimes valves leak and have to be replaced. If you understand how the valve works, and buy the correct parts, there's no reason why you shouldn't do this yourself. Both traps and drains get blocked from time to time, and this is certainly something that falls under DIY home plumbing.

Most households have washing machines and dishwashers, and a DIY plumber will be able to install these appliances with ease. A confident DIY plumber will also be able to connect sanitary ware, including toilets and basins, to the pipework that brings fresh water into the house and carries waste water away to drains. If you haven't done any plumbing jobs up until now, make a point of learning how plumbing works and then you'll be ready to start some of your own DIY home plumbing.

 

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