You are probably aware of the fact that the cost of hiring a professional plumber can be quite high. However, you could save yourself some money and learn how to tackle some of the most common and simple plumbing problems on your own. While it is true that there are a wide variety of different plumbing issues that are so complicated that they require a qualified tradesman’s skills; there are others that can be sorted with a little knowledge and practice.
There are many Approved training centres up and down the country that provide basic plumbing courses that can give you the background knowledge and understanding you need while teaching you the essential skills for tackling simple plumbing issues. After completing this type of course, you might actually find that you are able to deal with many problems that occur around the house, and you no longer need to call out that expensive plumber.
Perhaps the most common problem with your plumbing system that you are likely to encounter is either fittings or fixtures leaking. You will learn how to deal with this on the kind of course described above. Generally, though, the first step to solving this problem is shutting off the valve. Once you have done this, you need to assess if there is anything obstructing the pipes to cause overflows. Obstructions include food particles, soap scum and hair.
Another common problem is blocked toilets and drains, which is something you can easily tackle yourself. To fix any blockage, you either need to dislodge or remove whatever is causing the obstruction using a plumber’s snake or a plunger. However, if you are unable to dislodge or remove the blockage after a number of attempts, it may be time to hire a professional. I recommend using My Oxford Plumber, here is a link to their website.
A burst pipe, on the other hand, requires the professional skills and help of a plumber. You can help by locating and closing the main shut-off valve to prevent any further spreads of water and to ensure there is no trapped steam or water. However, on a basic plumbing course, you could learn how to handle this yourself.
Frozen pipes are yet another common issue, particularly in British homes during wintertime and when this happens you should close the main shut-off valve, before even trying to repair the plumbing.
All of the plumbing problems mentioned in the article above are common and by enrolling in a basic plumbing course, you will learn how to deal with them. Not only will this help you solve the problem more quickly than waiting for a plumber to come out, but it will also help you to save money too. However, these basic plumbing courses do not qualify you to work with gas. In the event of a suspected gas leak, it is crucial that you leave your property immediately and call out a fully Gas Safe registered gas engineer to get to the bottom of the gas leak and make your home safe again.