Who doesn’t love D-I-Y? Once you get used to it, it feels like there’s no limit to what you can do. Unfortunately, not all DIY projects end up as well. Some can even do more harm than good.
Beware of these common plumbing mistakes DIYers make:
Starting Without Preparations
Homeowners fail to understand the importance of making necessary preparations, like having the right tools or replacement parts. Fixing a plumbing problem without knowing the full scope of the project, like the cost, the completion time, and the possible setbacks can lead to costly damage.
For instance, let’s take the case of a worn-out washer or cartridge. Some of you may think that you just have to replace the washer or the cartridge, and the job is done. The truth is that these are not the only parts that need replacing. If you fail to replace other worn-out parts, you’ll end up with a leaky faucet.
Not Turning the Water Off
Do not risk damaging the whole system by skipping the first step—turning the water off. Certified plumbers and experienced DIYers shut off the water before they start. If you happen to stumble over an overwhelming situation, call a plumbing professional immediately.
Overtightening the Connections
Common DIY plumbing projects include overtightened pipes, fittings, toilet bolts, and supply tubes. As a wise homeowner, you must know that most modern connections have built-in watertight seals. Overtightening a connection may only result in cracks or damaged pipes and fittings.
Chemical Drain Cleaners as the First Option
Chemical drain cleaners may be effective in clearing clogs, but they are not the best option. These chemicals can result in more problems. Fumes, when they build up around the clogs, can pose breathing hazards.
Forgetting How to Put Things Back Together
By trying to prevent costly repairs, you often decide to be a handyman and fix your plumbing issue yourself. Dissembling plumbing components comes easy if you have the right tools. However, putting them back together time might come a little challenging, if it’s your first time. At Napps Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we don’t recommend DIY projects, especially for first-timers. It’s better to call a professional to make sure the job is done right.