Want to fix your own plumbing issues?
Plumbing, even thought it might seem like a chore or simply too complicated at first sight, is in fact a very valuable and useful skill to have.
There will always be problems and issues that will have to be sorted with the plumbing, and often times these issues might be too small to waste money on by hiring a plumber.
The general plumbing systems in America are not really all that complex, in fact they are rather simple and easy to grasp and understand, and one of the more prominent cities where plumbing and plumbers fairly abundant is San Jose.
Of course I’m biased but I’d say a San Jose plumber is typically one of the best plumbers in the country, mostly because of the way in which the general plumbing system works here in Silicon Valley.
However that does not mean that their skills come cheap. In fact a San Jose plumber will cost you a lot more than any other plumber simply because of the training and experience that he has, even for the more minor plumbing issues (not to mention the cost of living is pretty high).
With that in mind, you might want to learn how to do your own DIY plumbing and fix the smaller and simpler issues, leaving the bigger more serious plumbing issues to the trained professionals.
What you will need
A general rule of thumb is that in order to compete with the best plumbers in San Jose then you have to have the right tools for the job, right?
That being said, your first stop will be at your local hardware store in order to stock up on both tools and materials.
Here are the basic things that you will need in order to handle your own plumbing issues:
- A complete set of wrenches (form the smallest all the way to the biggest that you can find)
- A full set of screw drivers
- A vice grip
- A monkey wrench
- A set of forged steel pliers
- A plunger
- A metal “snake” (for unclogging pipes and removing blockages)
- Rubber seals
- Hemp fibers
- Sealing tape
- Duct tape
- Drain cleaner
- Pipe cleaners
These are the minimum requirements in order to be prepared for any domestic plumbing emergency that might appear.
A quick note here, make sure to measure your pipes and junctions in order to know what you will be shopping for, along with the right sized washers and seals.
How to go about plumbing
Plumbing is not a hard thing to do, however it still requires time and patience.
One of the biggest mistakes that you can make is to rush and try quick fixes that “should hold”.
Take it slow, check and double check everything, make sure that everything is properly sealed and clean before putting everything back together.
Don’t be afraid to get dirty, make sure every single pipe and every single junction that you take off is properly cleaned and inspected, and when you find faults such as cracks, fissures, worn seals and washers or completely chewed up seals and washers, make sure to replace then and not patch them up. The system will have to deal with a lot of water pressure and flow pressure, and defects of any kind can have disastrous consequences on your system.
Another important thing is to always apply hemp fibers, sealing tape or both on the ends of the pipes, hoses and tubes that you are connecting together. They are meant to create an extra layer between them, and when pressure is applied while tightening the 2 part together, the middle layer gets compressed and creates an air-tight seal between the 2.
One last thing to mention here is that you should always make sure that you apply as much pressure as possible when you connect pipes, tubes and hoses. The entire idea is to tighten them as hard as humanly possible, as if they were to never be taken apart again. This way you can make sure that the pipes will not come undone randomly and not have to worry about leaks or failures.
Plumbing itself is not a hard thing to do, in all fairness anyone and everyone can do it.
It takes time, the right tools and the right mindset in order to be completed successfully, however if you take your time and pay close attention to what you are doing, as well as paying attention to every single detail, you will be on your way to becoming a DIY plumber on par with even the best plumber San Jose has at its disposal.
Having a plumbing issue?
Want a reliable plumber with a great reputation to take a look and see what can be done without taking your entire life’s savings?
Why not give Marti’s Plumbing Of San Jose a call?
Call today: 408-883-9305 (Let us know you read this article for the best deal possible).