The Top Six Mistakes Homeowners Make When It Comes To Plumbing

The Top Six Mistakes Homeowners Make When It Comes To Plumbing
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    Many plumbing problems may seem like a quick job, but they can quickly eat away your entire weekend if you don't approach them properly.

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Avoid these six common plumbing mistakes to keep your pipes running properly.

Leaving the Water On

Before starting any plumbing you need to shut off the water. If the water starts gushing and you’ve already removed the tap handles, you may be left with costly flood repairs on top of the plumbing issues. Make sure the water is off and leave it off until the repair is complete.

“Winging It”

Plumbing is rarely as simple as it looks, so guessing at the best way to approach a repair is a recipe for disaster. Getting expert help when you need it will save you on more costly repairs in the future. Plumbing is simply not the best DIY project to attempt around the home.

Mixing Materials

Mix and matching your pipes and hardware rarely works out well. Even if it works in the short term, eventually corrosion will occur and you’ll be stuck with even more repairs. Plastic, copper or galvanized metal, make sure all the pipes and hardware are the same material before you proceed.

Skipping Steps

Don’t put off getting the caulking done or tightening that screw. Skipping steps to save a trip to the store now will end up costing you more in time and money later. If you don’t have the time to do it right, then it’s not the right time to make the repair.

Not Being On the Level

It’s vital that new fixtures, whether it’s a sink or toilet, are installed perfectly level. If your fixtures aren’t level, they will put stress on the pipes and plumbing. Eventually you’ll end up with a break in the line or a broken fixture, resulting in the need for even more repairs later.

Mistreating Your Drains

The best way to avoid a costly plumbing repair is prevention. Don’t over-stuff your garbage disposal or try to use it to grind up trash, bones or other damaging materials. Your regular drains are for water, not for cleaning out paintbrushes or flushing away pieces of paper. Keeping a screen in your drains helps keep out materials that cause clogs.

Before starting any plumbing project, make sure you have the knowledge and tools necessary to do it right. Getting help when you need it is less expensive than making a costly, and damaging, mistake. Professionals know how to handle plumbing issues in a timely manner and get the job done right the first time. Your wallet and your pipes will thank you.

Informational credit to Campbellcare Plumbing Heating & Air.

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