A plumbing problem has to be on your list of “I hope it doesn’t happen”. Unfortunately, sooner or later it will. At some point, you will experience a plumbing issue that you will have to deal with whether you know how to fix it or not.
Good thing there are preventive plumbing measures you can do.
- Don’t tackle jobs beyond your skill level. As soon as you notice a plumbing issue, it’s only right to want to fix it right away. You may feel that you can fix anything inside your home, including faulty plumbing. But just because you were able to fix a few leaks does not mean you can handle every plumbing issue that comes your way.
This disregard for expertise is the biggest and most costly plumbing mistake. Taking on a job which you know is beyond your skill level is a bad idea. You may just end up making it worse which would result in a very expensive repair fee. We’re talking thousands of dollars here.
Plumbing projects vary in degrees of difficulty and the best you can do is take one honest look at the problem and determine whether your skills will suffice. If not, immediately call a professional to take on the job.
- Don’t leave your outside hose connected during winter. It is alright to leave your outside hose connected to an outside faucet during hot summer months, but not in winter.
When the temperature is freezing, your water lines will freeze and burst the hose if left out in the open. This becomes hard to notice in winter and before you know it, you’ll have thousands of dollars in water damage.
Avoid this problem by always disconnecting your outside water hose before winter arrives. If your hose has a shutoff, turn off the water taps and the outside taps as well.
- Don’t install mismatched pipes. Visible water leaks in the basement or under the sink can be fixed on your own, given that you have prior experience and the necessary skills and knowledge to do so.
When you do, make sure to replace the leaky ones with the right size, type and material of pipe and pipe connector. Installing the wrong fit would result to corrosion and overtime would only make the leaks worse.
Also, make sure that the pipes are fitted properly, if not, they will not hold together for very long. This will only lead to bigger and more expensive plumbing problems.
- Don’t Overuse Your Drain Cleaner. Dry cleaners are made of heavy-duty harsh chemicals meant to keep your drains clear and clog free. Periodical use of a dry cleaner will leave no side effects to your drainage; in fact they will do their job pretty well.
However, if you have a persistent clog in your drain and you keep on applying drain cleaner, it may only cause more damage. Too much of those harsh chemicals will over time eat away at the pipe.
- Don’t leave your water running. No matter how minor the plumbing repair is, you have to shut the water off first. Many people tend to forget this, even though shutting off water is the first rule of DIY plumbing.
If you start your plumping fixes with the water lines still turned on, extra damage to the pipes may occur as well as a little mess on your floor as you struggle to reconnect them.
A more alarming scenario would be a flooding in your home, which will definitely spike up your water bill.
Time and money – two of the things you can save up on when you avoid the aforementioned plumbing mistakes. However, when they do happen, make sure you know how to minimize the cost and damage – consult this guide once more!
This guest post by Tania Miner, an online marketing associate of Haendiges Plumbing – provides Orange County plumbers. Tania’s interests range from providing improvement tips on bathroom faucets to kitchen sinks.