There’s always so much to do around the home. No sooner do you tackle one job then another issue needs attending to. This is particularly true when it comes to plumbing. A dripping tap isn’t going to fix itself. It’s also going to end up costing you a bit of money in wasted water. Similarly, there are heaps of other plumbing problems that can potentially occur that will be both inconvenient and could lose you money too. (Not to mention possibly causing damage to your property!)
Taking all of the above into account, it is vital to address any problems with your plumbing as soon as possible after you notice them. Thankfully, there are a few jobs you can tackle yourself using basic plumbing skills. Or, if you’re in doubt, you can always call out an emergency plumber. Perth-based plumbers Baywood Plumbing & Gas are always here to help.
If you still wish to fix your plumbing yourself, it’s a good idea to keep in mind the most common errors DIY plumbers make. So, keep on reading to find out what not to do when your plumbing isn’t functioning perfectly.
Using the wrong tools
The success of any DIY home plumbing project is reliant on using the right tools. You don’t want to damage your fittings and pipes by using the wrong equipment. For example, did you know that if you use an ordinary wrench you can break a pipe that would usually need an internal pipe wrench to get the job done?
Additionally, if you use the wrong tools, you can cut the lifespan of your fixtures short as well as making them look bad. Therefore, if you’re not sure what tools to use where, make sure you consult a plumber to be on the safe side!
Trying to clear clogs with drain-cleaning chemicals
It’s true that chemical drain-cleaners can and often do cause your skin to burn severely due to the harsh substances they contain. In addition, these cleaners can cause breathing problems due to the fumes they often emit. Not so great, right? What’s also no use is that they can actually damage your fixtures and pipes. Yes, they can dissolve clogs, but they can also corrode plastic and metal pipes, eventually causing leaks.
Rather than using liquid cleaners, what can you do? Invest in a good quality plumbing snake as it’s so much less dangerous while being more effective. If you have tried this method or are unsure about it in any way, get in touch with our team at Baywood Plumbing Perth.
Not turning off the main water valve
When you’re doing a job that involves your water supply such as replacing a tap, you need to remember to turn off your main water supply. You don’t want to flood your whole property! For example, if you fail to turn your water off and you take out a tap, water will gush out everywhere. Also, if you overtighten your tap and it cracks, you’ll end up with a flooding problem.
It just goes to show that you really need to know what you’re doing when you’re attempting a DIY plumbing job. If you’re looking for a professional opinion alongside impeccable service from a Perth Plumber, get in touch with the Baywood Plumbing & Gas team. We look forward to being of service to you for all your plumbing and hot water system Perth needs!