Most of us have probably tried our hand at a DIY project at some point. We enjoy YouTube and Pinterest projects, but unfortunately instead of “nailed it,” sometimes we have to admit to “failed it.” When you’re talking about a cake or craft, it’s not a big deal and easy to laugh about, but when it’s a home project involving something technical like plumbing, “failed it” can get very costly! Before taking on any DIY plumbing job, it’s best to know the expensive mistakes others DIYers have had and how to avoid them.
Mistake #1: forgetting to turn off the water
Turning off the water is an essential step for any water-related project. Failure to do so can lead to gushing pipes, flooding in your home, which results in an awful mess to clean up, not to mention the potential damage done. Before you attempt any plumbing project, you should be familiar with how to turn off the water in your home either at a local shutoff valve or the main water valve.
Mistake #2: attempting to clear clogs with a chemical drain cleaner
These products are caustic and can cause accidental burns if you’re not careful. Also, these harsh chemicals can cause damage to your plumbing pipes and fixtures. The very properties that make them work to remove the gunk in your pipes are what makes them corrosive to both metal and plastic. Continued usage can lead to leaks in your pipes. Using natural products or what’s known as a snake are better options. If you have a lot of clogged pipes, your best bet is to hire a professional.
Mistake #3: over-tightening plumbing connections
It’s an all too often mistake we see DIYers make. While it may seem like making a tighter connection will prevent a leaky pipe, it actually creates them. The pressure from a too-tight connection can rupture and crack fittings. Damage may not show up right away but will likely develop within weeks and can lead to burst pipes, causing indoor flooding.
Mistake #4: connecting copper and galvanized pipes
Many DIYers aren’t aware of the type of pipes their home has. When modern copper piping is allowed to touch galvanized piping, corrosion, leaks, and expensive repairs are the result.
Mistake #5: performing unpermitted work
Depending upon the project, your local government may require that you obtain the proper permits for your DIY project. Failing to do so can lead to devaluing your home (making it harder and take longer to sell) and may involve hefty fines. Cutting corners can end up being very costly.
Mistake #6: refusing to admit defeat
It’s great to be able to save money by doing your own DIY fixes, but when you’re in over your head, be prepared to admit defeat and call a plumber. Continuing with a “failed it” DIY project can only end up creating costly damage to your plumbing and home.
Know when it’s time for a professional plumber and then call Michael’s Plumbing. We have the technical expertise to get the project or repair done right the first time. In the long run, we’ll save you money by avoiding costly plumbing mistakes. If you live in the Orlando area, call us at (407) 219-9772 or contact us online, and we can help with all of your plumbing projects.