It’s all over the internet. There are tips, tricks, and videos telling you DIY plumbing is the way to go and how you can save a lot of money if you take care of those plumbing problems yourself. It’s very tempting. Especially in these days! Before you decide to do it yourself, consider these plumbing mistakes. When a plumbing fix is done wrong, there are both hazards and greater expenses attached to the mistake than many people realize.
Protocol and Blow Torches
If you are fixing a small leak in existing plumbing, that is one thing. If you are thinking about modifying your plumbing system or extending hot water lines or re-routing sewer pipes that’s another thing.
A main rule of plumbing systems is that CLEAN WATER is brought into the house, while WASTE WATER is taken out of the house. There are protocols and procedures applied in order to insure the health and safety to residents in the home. If the plumbing project involves the water system of your house understand that there are plumbing codes that must be met. There are fines and fees to face if you do not meet them.
If you are going to work with hot water lines, it means you will be working with copper pipes—which means you will be working with a blow torch. If you do not have a lot of welding experience this can be more dangerous than the building department hitting you with fines. It can lead to burns from the torch or from hot water if you do it incorrectly. Avoid a possible flood or health hazard and call a professional.
Wrong Pipe for the Wrong Place
Actually, this is the most common plumbing mistake that leads to more money out of pocket than having a professional do it. To fix a leak in your house you need the right size of pipe and also the right type of pipe. If you miss on this, the pipes may not fit correctly. If you use too much force to connect them you can easily break the pipes and connectors, only increasing the leak. An imperfect fit and fix can also cause more leaks to develop along the pipes. They may burst when pressure builds up. Corrosion can also occur if you choose the wrong type of pipe. An improper connection or variant in pipe types will set you up for frequent replacements of the pipes.
Tools of the Trade
Just like in any contracting profession, plumbers have all the tools they need for their craft. Improvised and makeshift tools can lead to problems and this is a common DIY mistake. A simple fix may not be so simple without the right equipment. Some people use marbles or ball bearings in place of a real level when installing bathroom fixtures. The ball bearing technique cannot be as accurate and generally leads to a lot of unnecessary reworks of your project. If you get the level wrong when you install a toilet, you can experience a slow flow of sewer or even backups. Using proper tools is important and counting the cost to acquire all the proper tools for a successful plumbing project needs to be added into your costs before you start it.