Your home’s plumbing is truly essential to your home comfort. Although you may feel prepared to tackle any plumbing problem that comes up, it’s vital that you don’t fall into the trap of the most common DIY plumbing mistakes and allow for bigger issues to arise.
- Forgetting to turn off the water.
Believe it or not, one of the most common DIY plumbing mistakes homeowners make is forgetting to turn off the water before starting the work they set out to do. In this case, the potential for water damage in your home happens very quickly. Before you perform any work on your plumbing, check that that the fixture’s valve is shut off. If it doesn’t have one, turn off your entire home’s water supply.
- Not planning enough.
Plumbing may seem easy, but it’s the underestimation of the task at hand that can get many homeowners in over their heads—fast. Do your research and prepare for tricky situations and things that may go wrong.
- Forgetting what parts are used where.
If you’re going to tackle a plumbing project, take note of which parts you’re disassembling. Take photos, write down reminders, do whatever you can to help you remember what goes where to avoid disastrous plumbing mishaps in the future.
- Using the wrong tools or overtightening.
No, you shouldn’t use a different tool you have on hand to try and fix that pipe! Proper tools are necessary for a good quality repair and should never be disregarded when it comes to DIY plumbing. You can also overtighten a fitting on a pipe quite easily. As fittings can crack if tightened too much and too quickly. Always consult your product’s guide to ensure you’re securing things properly.
- Improper or overuse of drain cleaner.
Drain cleaners can cause much more harm than good. Not only are they highly toxic to you and your family and even your pets, they can also damage pipes and fittings within your plumbing. Try using a snake or auger to open drains or a plunger designed for whichever drain you’re trying to unclog (be it tub, toilet, sink, etc.).
DIY plumbing got you feeling overwhelmed? Not to worry—it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you’re struggling with any plumbing issue at home, call a professional. Proper plumbing requires proper expertise and skill for a truly successful fix.