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Plumbing Basics For Your Home

April 22nd, 2022

Plumbing is the interconnection of pipes, fixtures and tubes that is used for heat, water and drainage system. This is found in every household and buildings we see. It is where our water runs for our daily use. Let me give you information on plumbing basics in our homes.

When we encounter plumbing issues, we always get tempted to fix it on our own. It is not a problem if only basic plumbing works is concerned, anybody can do it. But before we could fix simple plumbing works, we have to know some basic tools and equipments that we will be using. Plumbing tools includes wrench, gauges, water meters, pumps, filters, adjustable pliers, screw driver, sealants, and utility knife and backflow preventers. There are also several fittings that we should be familiar with like valves, unions, tees, elbows and of course the pipes. Plumbing fixtures, on the other hand are kitchen sinks, faucets, toilets, showers, bidet, water heater and bathtubs.

Any person can do some basic fixes. A shower head leak can be easily restored without the help of a contractor. Clogged drains are a simple do it yourself plumbing project. Gutters don’t have to be maintained by professionals. All you need to do is clean it yourself once a week to avoid clogging.

But how about fixing a faucet? Here are some tips for you:

1. Before fixing a faucet, the water supply should be off. If there is a valve near that certain faucet, we can turn that off so that it won’t affect water supply in other parts of the house.

2. Remove the piece where there is leak. If you are removing small pieces, like screws, put it in a secure place to avoid losing it.

3. Check the faucet. If there is corrosion, you can clean it or replace it.

4. Clean all open valves before replacing the faucet.

5. Tighten all screws and fittings.

6. Turn on the water to check if it is still leaking, if there is no leak then you are good to go.

Before starting your plumbing work, make sure to get all the materials needed. You don’t want to leave the work are undone, for safety reasons. When buying plumbing supplies, you can make a list of the things you need. You can also bring the part that needs to be replaced to make sure it will perfectly fit your valves.

This plumbing basic tip will help you do simple work, save time and money. But if you think that the work will affect most part in your home, there is always a plumbing contractor that will do the job.