Rookie Plumbing Mistakes (How to Avoid Them?)
Being good at fixing up your home is a skill you don’t see that often nowadays. So it’s rather rare when you have people who want to learn as much as they can when it comes to home repair and DIY maintenance. The issue here, however, is that making too many mistakes won’t really save you any money – quite the opposite. For this reason, we have written up a short article on the most common plumbing mistakes rookies make, and how to avoid them when they happen.
Not turning off the water
Let’s start with a simple one that unfortunately too many people forget. Namely, just because you have a five-second job to do doesn’t mean you can be lazy and not turn off the water. And of course, we all want to save money on our water bill, but ending up with a flood on your hands won’t really help with that.
Just shut off the main water supply valve and then replace what you have to replace. Otherwise, you will need to deal with water spraying everywhere, making a mess.
Not using tape properly
Not all tape is created equal. For example, if you’re using Teflon tape, you need to wrap it up clockwise, otherwise, it will just unwind and fall apart. Furthermore, get the right tape for the right job. You need gas-rated tape for gas line connections, while thick and specialized tape is needed for fittings that are used for water…
Nowof course, you should never let any bolts, nuts, or pipes stay loose. But understand that overtightening things is a very serious issue. Namely, the danger here is that if you crank too hard, if you tighten things too much you can end up with a cracked fitting. An even bigger issue is that you may not notice the crack right away, leading to a surprise flood when you least expect it. This can cause serious flooding, leaving you with no other choice but calling the professionals, like Tallis Plumbing for example, and having them take over.
Going overboard with drain cleaner
Drain cleaners are not as safe, nor as useful, as they are made out to be. Namely, they are handy at dissolving the gunk that clogs your sink, but they can also severely damage your pipes if used improperly. Furthermore, they don’t always work, and then you get a filthy drain filled with debris and hazardous chemicals. Using too much drain cleaner possesses a host of issues, while simply removing the P-trap and pouring out the detritus is enough to fix the clog.
Using the wrong tools
Often the jobs and activities plumbers do look easy because of two connected reasons. First of all, they have the right specialized tools. Second, they actually know how to use these tools. So, let’s say you are trying to remove a galvanized fitting with a regular wrench. You will at best end up with aching forearms and hands. At worst, you may end up damaging your tools, or the fitting. Using the right tools makes things much more efficient as well. For example, using a tubing cutter instead of a hack saw is going to be easier, and will give you a nicer cut.
Forgetting about spare parts
One of the biggest mistakes inexperienced wannabe plumbing men make is getting spare parts they think they need. For example, if you need to replace a washer, you just get a washer to fix your faucet. The problem here is that quite often that won’t be enough. If a washer is damaged, chances are that other parts of the faucet are damaged as well. The damage may have occurred because of hard water, or maybe because you used too much drain cleaner (see above). Whatever the reason may be, you won’t go wrong with having some extra spare parts, just in case.
Rookies make common plumbing mistakes all the time, mistakes that are easy to avoid, but difficult to fix. A do-it-yourself mentality in today’s worlds is solely appreciated, but you still need to be smart about it. Think about the tools you are using, don’t forget about getting the right amount of spare parts, and try not to go overboard with drain cleaner.