How Can You Avoid DIY Plumbing Disasters in your home?
We are sure that there are many repair and plumbing projects around the house which may seem easier and cheaper to do yourself. Sure, licensed plumbers can be expensive, and some problems could appear to be easier to fix for the average person, but there is a lot that can go wrong. Not to mention that there are some plumbing problems that are best handled by experts. That’s why we always advise that before you head over to the store to purchase plumbing supplies first weigh in on the feasibility of doing it yourself versus hiring a professional plumber.
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If there is an issue that you are sure that you can fix all on your own, then follow our short do’s and don’ts guide to avoiding a potential disaster.
Find Out How to Turn Off the Water
Now if you are attempting to fix a leak or any other plumbing issue, the first step is to turn off the water from the main valve. Not doing this as a first step can lead to several problems which can end up costing you twice as much and require that you hire a licensed plumber.
At Trident Plumbing we advise that you first locate your home’s primary water line which comes in from the street. However, if you live in an apartment then you will not have access to it. Turning off the main valve will prevent flooding, which in itself is a disaster.
Don’t Just Remove Stuff
When you are taking things like fixtures, piping, and other plumbing stuff apart it is important to know how it will all be put back together. You shouldn’t start a project assuming that you’ll learn along the way as you disassemble it. In other words if you are not familiar with how to do something, maybe find a YouTube video, and then try doing it yourself.
Use the Right Tools and Materials
If you are going to take on a DIY plumbing job, you should have the right tools. You should at least have a basic plumbing tool kit which is more than just a screwdriver and hammer. We’ve seen many people get stuck halfway through a plumbing project because they didn’t have the right tools on hand for the job.
Furthermore, you’ll always want to replace plumbing and fixtures with the same type or model. Even if you are replacing a pipe, make sure it is with one of the same size, type, and material. A different diameter can cause various things to change including water pressure which could then lead to a ruptured pipe.
Don’t Look for Trouble
If you see that there is water coming out of your wall or from the ground, you might want to cut or dig to see what is causing the problem. However, instead, you might want to hire a Local Frisco Plumber to look into it. You shouldn’t go looking for trouble underground or behind a wall unless you’re a professional because there is a good chance that you’ll break something which becomes very expensive to fix.
The best way to avoid DIY trouble and to ensure that your plumbing is fixed correctly is to hire a licensed plumber. Call Trident Plumbing today to get a quote or to find out more about our services.