If you’re a DIY warrior, you know that it’s tempting to try to fix plumbing issues. Remember, though, that owning a pair of pliers doesn’t make you an expert at plumbing. Read on for some common plumbing mistakes to avoid.
Common Plumbing Mistakes
Even the most skilled homeowners can make plumbing issues worse through their DIY efforts. Below are examples of plumbing errors that we’ve seen time and again in our practice:
Failure to Turn off the Water
Turning the water off before beginning repairs will save your home from water damage. You can close the localized valves near your toilets and sinks, or switch off the main shutoff valve at the point where water comes into your home.
Soldering Torch Mishaps
Not being careful with a soldering torch is an all too common DIY mistake. It is not difficult to solder pipes together, but it can be dangerous. Before you start the torch, protect any areas that could be flammable near your work area. Also, never leave the light unattended when the flame is in the on position.
Flushing the Wrong Things
Flushing the wrong things down the toilet leads to clogs and overflows. The surest way to safeguard the proper functioning of your bathroom is only to flush waste and toilet paper. Teach your children that the toilet isn’t a trash can so that you can avoid facing a disgusting mess.
Grease in the Drain
Make sure that you do not pour cooking fat down the drain. Sure, it can seem easy to pour grease in the kitchen sink when you prepare a meal. However, pouring cooking fat down the drain can lead to having clogged pipes.
Letting your pipes stay exposed in winter can be an expensive mistake. If any pipes go through parts of your home that are not heated or are exposed, they are liable to freeze and perhaps burst.
Preventing your pipes from freezing is essential during freezing weather. It is best to do this with your heating system. When it comes to your irrigation system, drain your pipes and insulate them.
Ask for Help
One of the most common plumbing mistakes that you can make comes with refusing to ask a professional plumber for help. Did your plumbing repair project begin well and then stall? No matter where you are in the repair process, don’t be scared to reach out.
Keep in mind that plumbers are highly skilled and experienced tradespeople. We know how to solve all manner of plumbing problems accurately and affordably.
Plumbing problems are often deceptive. Jobs that look simple can be complicated and cause you a lot of issues. Hiring a plumbing pro is a sure way to protect your investment in your home.
We know that you take pride in handling repairs in your home. Still, no matter your skill level, there are times to call in a professional plumber. Avoid wasting time and money on many DIY’s common plumbing mistakes.
Contact us at Golden Rule Plumbing Services. We deliver a full slate of plumbing services for homes throughout Wake County, NC.