Some tips on how to start with plumbing makes a great start for beginners. Below are some tips that will hopefully assist you into making better decisions so you can start maintaining your own home plumbing system. You need it to work effectively, so it is to your benefit to learn something from these tips.
Find a local plumber that you can trust. Make sure to get referrals from friends and family so that you can prevent getting ripped off, which happens often. Also make sure not to pay the plumber before the work is completed. If you do that, there will not be an incentive to get the job completed in a timely manner.
Solder with safety in mind. Ventilate properly as soldering fumes are quite toxic. When you solder a copper pipe you want to direct the flame on the copper pipe. The flame of the torch has to be four inches away from the piping. The flame should be targeted directly at the point where the copper piping needs to be disconnected.
To avoid clogs, pay attention to what you flush down your toilet and your sink. Sanitary napkins, thick toilet paper and baby wipes should never be flushed. These items can expand and cause a clog, or get caught on a pipe. Instead, dispose of them in a sanitary way that does not involve flushing them down the toilet.
Act quickly if your pipes freeze! Shut off the water and open the faucet, enabling it to drain when it thaws. Starting with the faucet, and working your way to the iced-up area, aim a propane torch or hairdryer at the pipe – this will quickly defrost it. You could also wrap the pipe in a heating pad or aim a heat lamp at it, but this will take quite some time. A last resort is to wrap the pipe in rags and pour boiling water over it.
When starting a plumbing project to resolve hammering or banging noises in your pipes, empty the pipes first. This can be an easy fix to an other wise wasted huge job. Just close the main water line and open the facets throughout the house. After the water has stopped flowing, turn the water on from the main source and check to see if the hammering noise has been eliminated.
Use a hairdryer to thaw frozen pipes, after you shut off the water to the house. A hairdryer will gently heat the pipe and thaw the ice without causing significant damage to the pipe. Shutting off the water first means that if the pipe is broken, there will be no rush of water into the house.
To avoid wasting water and having a potentially high water bill, check your home for leaky faucets periodically. Fix any leaks that you find right away. You may be able to do the repair yourself, but if not, you may have to seek the services of a plumber to make the repairs.
Look out for slab leaks. You will not be seeing any leaking pipes since the pipes are under the substrate or concrete flooring. Notice any discoloration of tile, grout or wood. See if a floor area is unusually warm or any wood flooring getting warped. Check for dampness, wetness, moisture and mold or mildew (visible or just the smell of it)
These tips should have given you some much needed insight on where to start and how to begin with your own plumbing jobs at home. These tips were thoughtfully compiled to help the plumbing beginner learn the basics and some other cool techniques that are simple enough to use for everyday maintenance and repair.
If you are not confident that you can do any of these tasks, always call a professional plumber from our directory!