Don’t Make these DIY Plumbing Mistakes

It is great to learn plumbing and take things into your own hands. However, before you set off on a DIY plumbing project, you need to make sure you have the right materials, tools, and know-how. We see a lot of DIY plumbing projects gone wrong. language translator Oftentimes, the plumbing mistakes aren’t a big deal, but sometimes even small errors can lead to big disasters. Here are just some of the common  plumbing mistakes  we see.


Not Leveling Fixtures

It seems obvious once you hear it, but most people don’t think to use a level when installing plumbing fixtures. Unlevel plumbing fixtures can cause all sorts of problems, such as leakage or water pooling in the bottom of the bathtub. Make sure you use a level when installing any fixture!


Forgetting to Use Tape

When making screw connections, you’ve got to make sure the seal is water tight by using Teflon plumbers tape. Otherwise, you are going to have leaks. When these leaks are inside walls and go unnoticed, they can cause thousands of dollars worth of water damage.


Using the Wrong Connections

In many cases, it is perfectly okay to mix and match materials, such as copper and galvanized steel. However, you have to make sure you’ve got the right type of connection. Otherwise, corrosion and leaks will occur very quickly.


Forgetting to Shut Off the Water Supply Line

Never rush a plumbing job. Always make sure you approach the job when you are relaxed and not in a rush. Otherwise you might forget the small but crucial step of turning off the water before disconnecting a pipe or fixture – and the result will be water spraying all over your home!


Unvented Traps

Did you ever wonder why your home doesn’t smell like sewage, even though your drains flow down to the sewer? Probably not! Most people don’t know much about plumbing traps, even though this is crucial to make sure sewage fumes don’t get into the home. Plumbing traps also help keep explosive gases and vermin out of your home too.


When S-traps or P-traps aren’t installed correctly, then the water can siphon out of the trap. A dry trap means that the bad (and explosive!) gases can come up from the sewer, as well as vermin.


Wrong Drain Clearing Techniques

Clogged drains are one of the most common household plumbing problems, and they can often be fixed with DIY methods. Just don’t go dumping drain cleaner down your drains! Drain cleaners are only really suitable for semi-clogged drains, and when the offending clog is an organic material like food or hair. If you dump drain cleaner down a completely-blocked drain, then the chemicals will sit in the pipe and can corrode it.

Another big problem with DIY drain clearing is that people will rent a plumbers snake or rooter without knowing how to use it. They can also end up boring a hole in their drain pipe, which means expensive replacements.  Remember, there are many different types of drain snakes and the snake which is appropriate for your bathtub isn’t going to be right for your toilet!

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