Easy-To-Make DIY Plumbing Mistakes

Do-it-yourself (DIY) plumbing can save you money, but it can also frustrate you thoroughly if you aren't careful. There are some amateur mistakes that may cost you time and money. Here are three examples of such mistakes, and what you can do to avoid them:

Mistaking Quick Fixes for Permanent Solutions

It's true that there are some quick fixes that can save you when plumbing emergencies crop up. However, you should recognize these quick fixes for what they are – temporary solutions. You should only use them until a professional plumber arrives. For example, you can use duct tape to seal a leaking water pipe. In the short run, this protects your house from water damage. In the long run, however, you need a professional solution for the leak. The tape will not hold forever, the original cause of the leak may make it bigger, and some water may still drip and encourage mildew growth.

Disassembling Something You Can't Assemble

This is an easy mistake because, in most cases, it's easier to take something apart than to assemble it back together. Just because you can unscrew the different parts of the shower doesn't mean that you can put it back together. If you are really keen on a DIY approach, then prepare yourself for the reassembly before beginning to take the fixture apart. Here are some tips to help you with the process:

  • Take pictures at every stage of the process. For example, take a picture before unscrewing a nut and take another one after unscrewing it.
  • Take notes as you disassemble the fixture. Write down where each part comes from and how tightly it was secured.
  • Put down the parts in an orderly manner; start with the first item you removed and end with the last one. During reassembly, you start with the last item in the list, which is the first item you removed.

Buying the Wrong Products or Materials with Wrong Dimensions

There are few things as frustrating as buying a plumbing fixture only to realize that it doesn't fit where you wanted to fix it. What about buying a pipe that is shorter or longer than what you need? The latter may be better because you can at least cut the pipe and complete your repair project, but what do you do with the extra pipe?

Avoid all these problems by taking measurements before going to the supply store. As for fixtures and parts, the best thing to do is to carry them with you to the store, jot down their part numbers, or take clear pictures that the store assistants can use to help you identify what to buy.

Contact local plumbers for professional help with plumbing issues.


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