Diy Plumbing Advice

DIY plumbing advice is aimed at amateur plumbers who don't know much about plumbing, but who want to be able to tackle their own plumbing jobs. Good DIY plumbing advice will help you cope with emergencies and know the difference between jobs you can do yourself and when you should call a plumber. We hope you will find the DIY plumbing advice offered here useful.

DIY Plumbing Advice for Repairs and Emergencies

Plumbing emergencies can be overwhelming, but just remember not to panic - even if you're home alone!

If a pipe bursts, the first thing to do is turn off the water supply. Do this by closing a stopcock as close to the burst section or leak as possible. If you can't find a stopcock quickly, then turn of the main stopcock at the connection point - which will usually be at the boundary of the property, where your pipework connects to the water mains. Turn off all your water heating appliances (geysers, hot water cylinders and central heating tanks). If water is flooding near electrical points, switch the electricity off at the mains as well. Open all your taps to get rid of any water that is in the system and so relieve pressure from the pipework. If you don't release the pressure, the pipe could burst somewhere else.

If the pipe has burst at a joint, because the joint has failed, it will pull apart. If there's someone in the house with you, get them to turn off the water supply while you try to stop the flow of water at the joint. Either tie a cloth around the leaking joint or wedge a potato against the end of the pipe to stem the flow.

If you have knocked a nail into pipework or drilled into it by mistake, leave the nail in place or, if the drill did the damage, push a screw or something else the size of the hole into the hole to try and stem the flow of water. Once you have switched of the water supply you can remove the nail or screw and then proceed with the steps required to fix the pipework. If you aren't able to do-it-yourself, then call in a plumber.

If water starts boiling in pipework, immediately turn off the water heating system and let it cool down. If you live in an area where frost or snow sometimes blocks pipes, check for an ice plug by opening the hot taps to release water in the system. Don't try and fix water heating appliances; always call a plumber to fix the fault.

To avoid major problems like burst pipes, regularly check old pipework for leaks. In cold climate areas where freezing can cause pipes to burst, make sure that pipes and hot water cylinders are well insulated.

Even though plumbing is in fact a highly specialized field of work, you will need surprisingly few tools to do emergency repairwork and DIY leak plumbing. Make sure you have the tools you will need most and try to remember lots of DIY plumbing advice.


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