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Don’t Make These 6 Plumbing DIY Mistakes

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From blogs and step-by-step guides to videos, there is no shortage of information out there that homeowners can use to complete projects around their homes. This often saves them time and money in the moment, however if not done by a properly trained person, some DIY projects can quickly go wrong and result in larger problems that require expensive solutions.

As professional plumbers, we at Endurance Plumbing, Inc. take pride in our training, experience, and expert care of your home’s plumbing. That’s why we encourage you to always give us a call before picking up the wrench and attempting big jobs on your own.

But if you do choose to take on a plumbing project at home, don’t make these mistakes.

Mismatching Pipes

If you’re looking to get a project done quickly, you may head to the hardware store without knowing exactly what kind of pipes you need to complete the job. Nowadays, there are many different kinds of pipe materials like steel, copper, and plastic.

Pipes of different materials should not be connected as this could likely cause a leak. No matter how big of a time crunch you're in, or how badly you don’t want to head back to the store again, “Frankensteining” different pipes together is never a good idea.

Overtightening

While plumbing connections need to be tight in order to avoid leaks, it is important to not overtighten them. This can lead to stripped threads or cracked fittings. When tightening something in your plumbing system, take extra care to avoid pushing a connection beyond its capacity.

Forgetting How Pieces Go Back Together

Many plumbing projects, like repairing a faucet, involve a lot of small pieces. For the fixture to work, these pieces must be installed in the correct order. If you’re determined to work on a fixture without the help of a professional, here are some tips to make sure everything is put back in the right place:

  • Take photos throughout the process.
  • Make notes of the order in which you removed pieces and where they go.
  • Give yourself plenty of space to lay out each piece and label them if possible.

Relying on Drain Cleaner

While drain cleaners are alright for one-time use, overusing them can cause severe damage to your pipes due to the harsh chemicals. If you’re experiencing a clog, we recommend using a drain snake, baking soda and vinegar, or calling a professional to remove the obstruction.

Starting a Job Without Parts

It is never a good idea to begin a project without parts. Having the necessary parts, as well as spare parts, will help you avoid the headache of another trip to the hardware store and having to pause your work in the middle of a job.

Before beginning a project, be sure you do your research. Make a list of the parts you need, including size and material, before heading to the store. Once there, don’t be afraid to ask the employees questions — they may be able to help you.

Not Turning Off the Water

Turning off your water should be the first thing you do when beginning a plumbing project. This keeps water from flowing through your pipes and fixtures and allows you to complete the job. Some fixtures, like toilets, have shut off valves located behind or near them, while other jobs may require you to shut off your main water valve.

Call in the Professionals

If you are not ready to take on plumbing projects on your own, we recommend giving the Endurance Plumbing, Inc. a call at (508) 466-6691 for help! Our expertly trained plumbers are ready to take care of your plumbing needs in an efficient and effective manner.