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DIY Plumbing Tips for Beginners - A Plumbing Guide for the Responsible Homeowner

10/8/2013 2:12:28 PM | by David Drasnin

Contractors: Plumbing

Plumbing can really be a daunting task, that’s why a number of people are experiencing numerous plumbing difficulties at their homes. Fortunately, now there are a lot of simple DIY plumbing jobs that you can undertake and excel at, if you only learn the essential basics of the trade.


It is true that not any property owner has the necessary plumbing skills; however you would be amazed by how easy to fix some plumbing problems actually are. Saving some money and optimizing your household budget is a strategy that every responsible homeowner should strive for. Thus you’d better consider undertaking the simple plumbing home projects before you head for the phone and call in the true professional. There are a lot of DIY plumbing projects that are rather fun and rewarding. By following these important DIY plumbing tips, you can surely avoid blockages, flooding, leaks and even unnecessary water loss in your house, so make sure to check them out.


· Have the most important plumbing supplies.

The first thing that you have to do before starting on your DIY plumbing job is to make sure that you have all the needed tools and equipment. For instance, if you are changing the sink faucet, basin wrench is what you need. This will allow you to reach into those narrow spaces wherein the fixtures are attached. For many plumbing works, the crescent wrench turns out to be quite handy. The same goes for the adjustable wrench that you can use while handling threaded fittings. The pipe wrench on the other hand can help you get a good grip on pipe fittings or pipes.


· Identify the location of your shut-offs.

Before starting your DIY plumbing project, it is important to first locate all your shutoff valves and also identify their specific purpose, namely which element of the fluid system do they affect and regulate. If you have a good plumbing system in your home, you might have shutoffs for each bathroom premise. Also, most of the valves are usually located in the basement, though some of them could also be hidden behind your home’s access panels. If you are not sure which valve does what, it might be better to just close it off and flush your toilets and turn your faucets on. Furthermore, it is important to locate the main house shutoff.


· Understand your own house.

Get a sense of the entire plumbing systems in your house. Before you start on your plumbing work, it would be best to do some research and understand those basic concepts of plumbing including what size your drain lines should be, what the function of a vent pipe is and how much pitch a waste pipe requires. Then, you can apply the gathered knowledge to your house and try mapping out your plumbing. The more information that you have obtained, the easier it will be to verify and detect various plumbing problems in your house.


· Know your piping material.

Because of the local building codes and requirements of some mortgage companies, knowing important things about your piping material can go a long way in starting your DIY plumbing job. Every specific pipe has its own purpose. Here are some of the most common pipes used today:

- Galvanized steel

- Flexible copper

- Rigid copper

- PEX or Crosslink Polyethylene

- ABS or acrylonitrile butadiene styrene

- Rigid Plastic PVC


We often face plumbing problems and such issues can hardly be avoided. The DIY Plumbing projects might seem a very difficult job, but take your time, learn the basics and you would find out that you could work on preventing some rather serious catastrophes on your own.

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