When it comes to house maintenance & DIY, plumbing can be a drip. That’s why it is important to familiarise yourself with the inner workings of your home’s plumbing system. Not only could you save time and a lot of money by not having to call in a professional, but you could also spare yourself from potentially more costly damages. Let’s take a look at some of the low-level basics and inside info that will take the irritation out of your home’s irrigation.
A heavier tool for more secure fastening of nuts and fixtures. It’s recommended to have two in your toolbox, as one is used for grip and the other for twisting. Pro Tip: Wrap your wrench’s jaw in cloth to avoid damaging the fixtures.
An essential household item, available in both flange and cup styles. Flange plungers are shaped to clear clogs in toilets, while cup plungers clear clogs in flat-surface drainage outlets such as baths, sinks and showers.
This short powerful tool is perfect for screws that are situated in tight places that an electric screwdriver can’t reach.
6 Plumbing terms to tap into:
Back flow Where water is travelling from one system back into any part of the main distribution system. This usually occurs via siphoning.
Black water Waste water from toilets, drains or waste water from drains receiving chemical waste.
Bushing A pipe fitting used to join two pieces that are different sizes. Usually threaded on both ends.
Grey water Waste water from bathtubs, sinks and showers and washing machines, that does not contain chemical or effluent materials. Pro Tip: Greywater does not have to be waste water! Check out these grey water harvesting solutions from Macneil. Want to know more? – speak to one of our instore specialist about these and other grey water solutions.
Green plumbing Any plumbing system or practise that promotes water conservation.
Nipples A short piece of threaded fitting which is used to connect two similarly-sized pieces of piping.
Some top plumbing to tips to let sink in:
Know your shut-off layoutFamiliarise yourself with all the piping in your house and where it leads to, as well as where all the shut-off valves are. In an emergency this will be your first go-to to prevent more serious damage.
Use heat to loosen tough fittingsWater pipe fittings can become hardened over time and nearly impossible to loosen with a wrench. Apply heat directly to the copper fitting for a few moments with a mini blowtorch. (SAFETY FIRST: ensure no flammable objects are in range)
Always check for leaksAfter finishing off any plumbing project, isolate the flow as much as you can and run water through the system to ensure that there are no leaks. Even the most professional plumber can miss a minor leak.
Use the correct piping for the project. Click here to see our article on how to pick the perfect pipe for your plumbing project.
Have a problem that’s draining you? Why not pipe up …
Luckily BUCO has an overflow of perfect products for your every plumbing need. Don’t let anyone spout half-truths at you, rather visit your nearest store today and ask our expert staff about all the tools and advice you need to keep your home’s water supply and plumbing on the level.