Worst DIY Plumbing Mistakes

DIY Plumbing Mistakes

The worst you can do is to try and fix plumbing problems, especially if it gets out of hand. Many believe that quick fixes are enough to make it last until the next fix. However, you are only making it worse and worse for your plumbing, and eventually it will lead to a complete collapse.

Even if you are a savvy handymen, you should stay clear of a few problems that should be left for professionals to be fixed. Although, there are a few things that you can do at home, but pay attention that you follow step-by-step instructions so that you do not make a bigger mess.

Drain Cleaner

Drain cleaners are useful if they are used in moderation and for the exact problems they were designed to be used for. Otherwise, you will have problems with damaged pipes, which will lead to having to replace broken pipes. Overusing drain cleaners will let the harsh chemicals in it start eating away the walls of pipes, thinning them out.

However, unless the clog is serious, you can use home-made and eco-friendly remedies, a mixture of vinegar and baking soda, to clean the pipes. Nevertheless, if the clogs and cloths are serious, it is time to call professionals so that they have a look, before you get your pipes into worse condition.

Worst DIY Plumbing Mistakes

Disconnect Hoses in the Winter

During the summer, it is not a problem to leave your hose connected to the an outside tap, but come winter and it can cause your pipes to freeze and burst; and before you even realize you will have a huge bill to have your pipes replaced and fixed. It is imperative that as soon as cold weather comes, you disconnect hoses and shut off any water supply to outside taps.

If you are unsure how to shut off the main supply to outside sources, it is better to call a plumber so that they can help you out.

Pipe Mismatch

DIY home pipe fixes are usually quick and easy, if you know how to do it, but if you use different pipes, or connectors, then you will make a bigger problem than you already had. The problem might not show up immediately, but eventually it will lead to a bigger issue which will require a lot of money to fix in the end.

There are many factors that you need to take into account when repairing visible pipes in your home, and unless you are certain how to do it, it is far better to call a professional plumber have a look at it, so that you do not damage anything.

Not Paying Attention to the Signs

The worst any homeowner can do is to not take the signs of bad plumbing into consideration. Even if it seems like harmless water dripping, you should have it checked out immediately as it will soon lead to something more serious that will require a lot of money and effort to fix.