Diy Plumbing Pipes

DIY plumbing pipes are the pipes that you will work with when you tackle a hands-on DIY job that relates to plumbing in your home. Pipes are an integral part of any plumbing job and so it is vital that you understand what you need in terms of the pipework required to do the job at hand. DIY plumbing pipes must be the right type for job and they must also be the correct size. So before you start any DIY plumbing pipe project, make sure you know exactly what you need.

The first question is whether you are doing a maintenance job or installing new pipework. But unless you are doing your own plumbing pipework for a new house, in which case you will probably work with a professional plumber, it doesn't matter whether you are doing repairs or fitting new pipes. In both instances you will need to ascertain what pipes have been used for the plumbing system that is already in place.

How much do you know about the pipes that are used for household plumbing? It will help you if you do a bit of homework before you start work. Here are a few guidelines, and you will see that a lot of it is common sense.

We have four basic types of DIY Plumbing Pipes:

• those that bring cold water into our homes,
• those that carry hot water from water cylinders or geysers to our taps and mixers so that we can use the water,
• those that carry waste away from our homes, and
• those that carry rainwater away from our houses and other structures.

You will see that these different pipes are categorized in terms of the function they fulfill. And when you look for pipes to use for these different functions, you will see that both materials and sizes differ. So you need to match the pipe with the tap or trap or whatever else you are working with.

Most countries have accepted standards for plumbing pipework, and you will need to make sure that your DIY plumbing pipework meets these standards. Don't be alarmed. Most good outlets that sell plumbing supplies will be able to give you good, sound advice that will ensure you are able to stick to the required standards.

Now have a look around your own house. Can you identify what the pipes you can see are made of? Have a look at the pipes that lead from taps in your bathroom and kitchen. Then have a look at any pipes that are visible outside your house. These may lead from outlet points or they may link to garden tap points or to drains. Can you identify the materials that have been used to manufacture the pipes? You may find hot water copper pipes for hot water, although today polypropylene (which is a type of plastic) and cross-linked polyethylene (another type of plastic) pipes are cheaper and more common. These may be used with brass fittings that are similar to the fittings we use with copper pipe or with specially produced plastic fittings. We often use aluminium or unplasticised PVC (uPVC) - also a type of plastic - for drainpipes, and for gutters and other pipe fittings.

When it comes to drainage, materials are different. But when it comes to repairing or laying drains, be wise and call in a plumber.


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