Basic Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid
There are a so many tips and tutorials online offering advice to help you to DIY plumbing issues. But DIY plumbers beware: you could end up doing even more damage to your home if you’re not sure of what to do. We’ve compiled a list of basic plumbing mistakes to avoid. You can’t DIY all plumbing issues — sometimes you just need to call a plumber.
Common DIY Plumbing MistakesToo Many Fixtures: If you face low water pressure around your home, using too many fixtures in your bathroom renovation can make the problem worse. Crowded residential areas usually experience low water pressure and if so, restrict the amount of plumbing fixtures in the home. Unless, of course, you are sure that the mains can handle them.
Pushing A Leaking Faucet Handle: Another common mistake is breaking a faucet while trying to turn it off. It's not about strength; it's about relevant knowledge and appropriate plumbing skills. If you have a leak, you need to call in a qualified technician to fix it. Cranking on the faucet handle can break it, causing further problems.
The Wrong Tools: When you're trying to pull your pipes in and out of place, there's not a lot of margin for error. You don't want to be tightening joints with the wrong kind of wrench, or struggling to remove a nut when it would come off easily with the right tool. Make sure you have the correct tools and know how to use them; otherwise you could end with more damage to the plumbing and yourself.
Piecing Things Together incorrectly: It might seem like fun to take things apart, but putting them back together is another thing altogether. If you aren't experienced with plumbing components, don't ever take them apart.
Not Turning Off The Water: Turning off the water is the first step in 90% of plumbing projects, but it’s also an easy step to forget. Attempting to remove a fixture or fix a pipe before turning off the water can result in a nasty spray of water and a big mess. Sometimes turning the shut off valve can be a tough job, especially if it hasn’t been used in a long time.
Overusing Drain Cleaner: Clogged drains are more than inconvenient, but are an unavoidable part of homeownership, Drain cleaner presents an easy fix and although this is acceptable for occasional clogs, regular use of drain cleaner can damage pipes. Some can even melt your pipes depending on the strength of the chemicals contained.
Improper Coupling: Connecting different types of metals in plumbing pipes, such as steel and copper, requires the proper coupling. Without it the metals can quickly corrode at the connection, which is called dielectric corrosion. This can build up and close the pipe.
Expert Plumbers AucklandIf you’re finding an issue with a plumbing job that’s been done or you’re thinking about doing DIY on a complicated job, then its best to leave it to the pros. Save yourself the hassles and contact Redsea Plumbing in Auckland for expert assistance today.