Top 5 Most Common DIY Plumbing Mistakes

In the age of the internet, the Do It Yourself (DIY) method has become very common. You can find people taking on their own car repairs, cooking exotic dishes, and even creating their own arts and crafts. One other area of DIY that is popular is home repair, particularly, plumbing.

Although DIY is popular due to its “cost savings” that are promoted through its methods, a home’s pipes, shower heads and other plumbing fixtures may end up costing a homeowner more if they go DIY.  While hard work can be satisfying for a person, here are some of the top plumbing mistakes that can leave homeowners wishing they had just called a professional.

Leaving the Water Onplumbing mistakes DIY

In the case of a burst faucet head outside or a leaking shower, a homeowner may feel like they can take on the task of solving the problem. While they may not be wrong, there is one common error that is made that can cause even more problems than the initial leak. Failing to turn off the water supply to your home can cause water to seep out even more while you work and can cause flooding in the area you are trying to fix. While this won’t ruin your DIY project, it will definitely make the leak very difficult to fix.  Water coming out from multiple areas due to a turned-on water supply makes it difficult to determine where the leak originates from.

Drain Cleaner is Not a Plumber’s Best Friend

Even something as simple as a clogged drain can prove to be an issue for the DIY plumber. While it may seem easy to go out and buy your standard bottle of liquid plumber, many professionals advise against this method for unclogging a drain. The chemicals found in these treatments are harsh enough to break up the immense clog in your drain. Therefore, if you just leave too much of this stuff sitting in your pipes, you can cause corrosion, which is an even bigger problem than your initial clog.

Dont Take Pipes ApartYou Can’t Just Take Things Apart

Another plumbing mistake leads us back to clogged drains; if a plunger or snake tool did not fix the clog, it may be best to call in a professional plumbing service. Please do not attempt to take apart the pipes underneath the sink yourself in the case of a leak or clog. Yes, you will find the problem source, but putting the pipes back together is where the real issue arises. Putting pipes back into place requires specific tools that require specific craft training.

Using Incorrect Tools

If you are noticing an issue with your pipes, don’t just shove the first wire hanger you find inside of the drain. This will most likely not unclog a drain, and can actually harm more than it helps. If you lose the item you are sticking in there, or a piece breaks off, congratulations, you now have even more pipe buildup to worry about.

Ignoring the Codes

Your home municipality has rules and regulations for plumbing. It is imperative that you follow your local building codes when attempting to take on a DIY project. The code is in place to help protect your home from cheap work that is likely to malfunction and cause more problems in the near future. A complete understanding of the code can be a brain buster, so calling in the experts can help you avoid any critical and avoidable emergency plumbing repairs.

Know When to Give Plumbing Dynamics a Call

Plumbing Dynamics understands that you enjoy the feeling of getting a job done on your own. But why put your house at risk by working on something as critical as its plumbing without prior experience? We have that experience and will be glad to come by and provide our services for your problem. If your pipes are giving you problems, don’t take them apart, give us a call and let us do the dirty work for you.

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