The simple skills required for basic plumbing are explained in
It helps to have some metalworking experience.
Take care when working with a blowtorch in loft spaces. Be
aware that pipes take time to cool after exposure to the
If you can undertake the basic work yourself, you save
money and the inconvenience of waiting for a plumber.
Basic plumbing repair needn't be a daunting task, all you
need to get started are a few essential tools, a working
knowledge of your system and an ability to identify
Step 1: Familiarise yourself with the layout of your
plumbing - this will enable you to identify the cause of a
problem and shut off the water for servicing.
Step 2: Locate the stopcock
on the rising main - the pipe
that brings fresh water into
your home. The stopcock
controls the flow of water a
is used to shut off the entire
supply in an emergency
stopcock may be found und
the kitchen sink, beneath th
stairs or in the cellar or
Step 3: Check if there are isolating valves on the low
pressure pipes to taps, toilet cisterns and household
appliances - these valves enable servicing to be carried out
without turning off the mains. They are usually located next
to the storage cistern in the loft.
Make up a kit of basic plumbing tools and a set of spare
washers to fit the taps and valves around the house.
Keep your plumber's phone number handy in case you are
faced with a serious problem.
- Draining the system
In order to repair a leak, run new pipes or service a toilet
cistern, it is necessary to be able to drain various parts of
Water is supplied to a house under relatively high mains
pressure. In most houses it is directed via the rising main
pipe to a cold water storage cistern in the loft. A pipe
connected to the rising main feeds drinking water directly to
the kitchen sink. All other t