If you’re not completely confident that you can successfully carry out a plumbing repair or project, then we strongly advise that you leave such work to the experts. That’s because if a DIY plumbing job goes awry, it has the potential to lead to water damage, sewage problems, and mold growth. These homemade plumbing disasters are easily avoidable and the price of hiring a professional plumber to help homeowners avoid the potential of such issues is often more than worth it in the long run. In this post, we’ll take a look at some common DIY plumbing disasters and what you can do to avoid them. Here’s a closer look:
Common DIY Plumbing Disasters (and How to Avoid Them)
Using Chemicals on Clogs
If you have a blockage somewhere in your drain line that can’t be cleared via plunging, it’s always best to have the line professionally snaked. Many homeowners turn to store-bought drain cleaners. While many are effective in clearing blockages, these chemicals can weaken your plumbing over time.
You want your plumbing tight enough to prevent leaks, but over-tightening can strip the threads that maintain that water-tight seal.
Not Turning Off the Water
Whenever you’re doing anything that involves working on the plumbing, you always want to be sure to turn the water off either to that specific appliance or to the whole home first. While this may seem like a basic first step, it’s an important one. Failing to do so could lead to significant water damage throughout the room you’re working on and even throughout the entire home.
Jerry-Rigging Your Plumbing
When it comes to plumbing, you don’t want to perform any makeshift repairs. Like we said above, plumbing helps water and waste flow from your home to your municipality’s water treatment center, and any issues with it in your home have the potential to cause water damage and mold growth. So leave the rubber bands and duct tape for other jobs around your home. If you’re not confident performing a plumbing fix, hire a professional plumber to perform the service for you. Plumbing isn’t something you want to mess with.
Contact J.W. Freeman Plumbing Today
For more information on plumbing gone wrong and how to avoid these situations from happening, contact us at J.W. Freeman Plumbing today.