We now have “on demand” or “tankless” water heaters (right), which are small wall mounted individual heaters, activated whenever hot water is turned on. These save water and energy and allow the home to be plumbed using only one supply line. A home will have several—located near the baths and kitchen. No more long wait while hot water travels from the old water heater tank.

The second system to plumbing basics are the pipes that take the waste water out. These drain lines use gravity instead of pressure to take the used water (and all that icky stuff in it) out of your home—with pipes that bend and slope downward a minimum of 1/4 inch drop per one foot of linear travel (by code).

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Technically, I suppose, both systems are gravity fed, but thinking about each as presented here may allow you to deal with repairs and remodels more effectively. If you’ve ever experienced a leak in the “pressurized” system, it sure doesn’t seem like just gravity. And since gravity is so slow, and there are so many twists and turns in the drain line, you can see how clogs develop.

These plumbing basics are just that – basics. Most clogs, drips and leaks, which are the majority of plumbing problems, can be handled with the use of a few basic plumbing tools available online or at local hardware stores, big boxes and plumbing supply stores. Click on the link above for a list of homeowner “must haves.”

If you’ve decided to tackle at least the plumbing basic fixes and remodels, congratulations! You’ll find that its not really as hard as it looks and, if your building department allows the homeowners to do even plumbing basics and plumbing remodel work, you’ll save lots of money and gain a much deserved inner satisfaction!

To check with your local jurisdiction, search building dept your town, building codes your town or plumbing permit your town (ie. building codes buffalo ny) using the Bing Custom Search Box on the right of this page.

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