Contrary to what many people will tell you, it is not necessary for you to get a plumber every single time you have a plumber repair or gas line problems.
There are a few basic pieces of information you need to keep in mind, though, and in this article, as well as the one that will follow it, I’ll go ahead and share them with you. With these, if you ever need to do a plumber repair, it’ll be a piece of cake.
Gravity, pressure and level.
First of all, plumbing, like most things in this world, is dependent on the laws of physics.
Don’t worry, though. It won’t get too complicated.
The three things you’re going to be mostly concerned about is gravity, pressure and the fact that water always seeks its own level.
When you understand these three things, you will be able to save money, time and a lot of frustration when it comes to do a simple plumbe repair.
There are actually two different systems.
Before you go and try to do a plumbing repair at your home, you need to know that the plumbing at your house is made out of two completely separate systems. One of them will bring the fresh water in, so that you can drink it, cook or shower with it, and the other one will take the waste water out.
Obviously, the water that comes into your home is always under pressure. The reason for that is that it needs to be able to travel upstairs, go around corners or wherever else you might need it.
The meter and the water supply valve.
As this water gets into your home, it goes through a meter that will register how much of it you actually use. Not too far away from that meter you will find the knob that will turn off the water supply if you turn it.
Whenever you have a plumbing emergency, the first thing you really need to do is shut down the water supply so that your house doesn’t get flooded.
It is extremely important for you to know where that valve is, so that even if there’s a lot of water coming in, and everyone is panicking, you can quickly locate it. You need to be able to find it even if you’re under a lot of pressure.
As you probably already realize, if you require hot water, there needs to be another step involved.
The pipes will take the cold water to your water heater, and then, your hot water line will send it to the fixtures.
Now, this is it for now. In the next article, I’ll talk to you about your waste water and fixtures which will be crucial at a time you need to do a plumber repair.