The flow of both clean and waste water within the house is taken care of by the plumbing system. Plumbing consists of water and waste pipes, faucets and toilets. This system is very important to the house because this takes care of the water used for drinking, washing, bathing and disposing of human wastes. Problems in the plumbing system may lead to unsafe drinking water or wastes not properly disposed, which may lead to diseases for the residents.
Every now and then the plumbing system needs to be checked and repaired to ensure that it functions well and everything in it is in good condition. Homeowners most of the time have to contend with leaky faucets, blocked drainage pipes and damaged plumbing equipment such as the bathroom fixtures and toilet bowl water tanks. Hiring a plumber is very expensive, especially since plumbing services need to be done regularly. To help cut down the cost of plumbing services, homeowners can make their own repairs in the plumbing system. Bathroom and kitchen products have become much easier to install today, so that a typical homeowner can do them. To complement the improved designs of plumbing products, homeowners can also go to the Internet to get DIY guides for installation and repair of plumbing products. A little reminder though that a DIY guide is not a replacement for professional help in dealing with major plumbing problems. For these types of problems, hiring plumbing contractors will cut costs rather than doing it yourself, which may create more damage rather than repair the problem.
The websites below are some of the many websites that offer DIY guides in plumbing installation. Many of these guides include textual explanation of the process, pictures and some video presentations.
- doityourself.com. This website offers several DIY guides in many areas, not only on plumbing. For its plumbing section, you can find guides to unclogging drain pipes, installing and repairing faucets, septic systems, kitchen sinks and water heaters. It has guides to home plumbing projects such as water purification and freeze-proofing pipes. It also has guides on how to choose the best materials for your plumbing needs. If you are a serious DIY'er in plumbing you should check out this web address.
- diyfixit.co.uk. This website offers UK-specific guides to plumbing repair and product installation. Like the first website, they offer several guides in DIY plumbing. These guides are arranged alphabetically. This site also has an online forum where you can interact with a fellow DIY'er in specific plumbing projects and products.
- diynetwork.com. This website is based on the popular home improvement television show. The producers of the television show are the same producers of the Food Network. DIY network online is the storage bin of assorted DIY guides including many for plumbing. The guides are provided in broadband video. Its plumbing guides include bathroom fixtures and showers, toilets, faucets and piping installation.
There are several websites on the Internet that you can browse for DIY guides for your plumbing projects at home. Other than guides, you can also check out the various merchants of plumbing tools and products. So grab a pipe wrench and start checking those leaky pipes.