As simple as they look, there’s more to that small faucet and toilet flush in your house. Whenever you use them, there are a lot of components at work. This is probably one of the reasons many people perceive plumbing as a complex system and undertaking that is best left to the pros.
However, know that plumbing today is less complicated than before. Even if you are a complete novice, it is easier to understand the inner workings of your plumbing system with the right information to follow. And this is what this Basic Plumbing course is intended for.
Completely designed with you in mind, this course is replete with practical information that will familiarise you with plumbing. It covers a wide range of basics, from knowing your home’s plumbing system structure to understanding cold and hot water supply to showing how heating works. Plumbing jargon, concepts and principles no longer have to put you off as this course will also shed light on these matters.
The primary objectives of the basic plumbing course are to: (a) acquaint you with basic plumbing system structure; (b) describe how cold and hot water is supplied to and drained from a property; (c) introduce you to different heating systems; and (d) show you how heating works.
Save for faucets and some pipes, most of a property’s plumbing system is hidden, making it difficult to identify parts and their functions. This module will take the guesswork out of your plumbing system by showing you its anatomy and how each of its components fit together to supply potable water to your property.
Cistern is a standard component in most plumbing systems. In this module you will become familiar with cold water storage cistern and toilet flushing cistern, including their functions and plumbing requirements. The module will also discuss the concept of water pressure and flow.
The core function of a plumbing system is to supply and drain water to and from a property. In this case, it is critical to know the very product your plumbing system is designed to supply and drain, and this module will help you do just that. Here, you’ll learn the difference between hard and soft water and also understand how limescale forms and how it can be prevented using water softeners and conditioners.
Drainage systems are integral parts of a plumbing system as they remove waste water from a property. In this module, you will be introduced to the above ground drainage system, giving emphasis on its structure and components. You will also learn about water siphonage, pump sanitation system and water closet.
Complete transportation of waste water away from a property can only be done with the help of a below-ground drainage system. And in this module, you will find out what this specific drainage system does and how it is structured. You will also delve into topics like surface water drainage, public drainage system connection and the external parts of a plumbing system.
Hot water is vital in residential and commercial properties for reasons like heating and sanitary convenience. A number of systems can be used to supply hot water to different environments, and some of them will be tackled in detail in this module. You will also discover different types of systems available for hot water storage.
As noted in module six, you will never run out of options when it comes to hot water supply systems. To further prove such point, this module will go over three more hot water supply systems in use today, namely instantaneous domestic, thermal storage, and better domestic.
Plumbing is not just limited to faucets, toilets, systems of pipes and water supply and drainage. It also concerns the central heating of a property. In this module, you will understand what a central heating system is, the purposes it serves and its mechanics. You will also find out about different types of heating systems for domestic use, including radiant heating, full-pumped and micro-bore heating systems, among others.
A heating system will not do its job well without radiators. For this module, you will be acquainted with radiators and the roles they perform in the heating system. You will also identify the first and last radiators and know how to properly deal with air within a heating system.
A heating system’s boiler is one of its most important parts as it is responsible for distributing heat throughout a space. In this module, you will learn more about how a boiler works and what particular functions it performs. You’ll also be introduced to some boiler systems that are in use today.
The right control will allow your heating system to keep your dwelling comfortable while minimising your energy consumption. For this module, you will get to know a full range of controls you can use to manage your heating system, including their characteristics, functions and mechanics.