Avoidable Common DIY Plumbing Mistakes

Common DIY plumbing mistakesIf the faucet is leaking or the toilet is clogged, the first instinct may be to try to fix the problem yourself. You’d feel good about correcting a household problem without the cost of bringing in a handyman. However, if something goes wrong, you can exacerbate a problem that would’ve been minor. Always contact a residential plumber to have the issue diagnosed and fixed. However, if you insist on being your own handyman, avoid these common DIY plumbing mistakes for everything to flow smoothly.

Not Shutting Off the Water

Always shut off the main water valve before examining a pipe or water fixture. The main water shutoff valve is usually located in the basement or right outside the house. Bathrooms and kitchens usually have localized valves that shut off the supply to just that area.

Using too Much Drain Cleaner

A drain cleaner is a simple DIY solution, but the contents include harsh chemicals that can corrode pipes. Always use a plunger or plumber’s snake before resorting to a chemical drain cleaner.

Not Following Local Building Codes

Every municipality has their own building codes for indoor plumbing. Know what kind of plumbing materials and configurations are and aren’t allowed before undertaking a major plumbing project

Misusing Common Plumbing Items

Plumber’s putty is one of the most widely misused materials by the DIY plumber. For starters, the putty is NOT designed for fixing leaky pipes. It’s for sealing fixtures that are compressed down, such as the underside of shower and sink drains.

Let a Plumber Handle It

For emergency plumbing situations, call a home or commercial plumber instead of attempting a DIY fix. Yes, fixing something on your own is good for the ego, but you risk creating bigger problems not having the issue handled by a professional. Common DIY plumbing mistakes could end up creating a mountain out of a molehill; play it safe and call South County Plumbing at (425) 276-7420 for all your Snohomish County plumbing needs.
Edited by Justin Vorhees

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