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3 Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid

Embarking on do-it-yourself (DIY) plumbing projects can be tempting, especially for those looking to save money and tackle household repairs independently. However, it's essential to recognize the potential pitfalls and risks involved.

Plumbing mistakes can quickly escalate into costly nightmares, causing damage to property and draining your bank account. In this article brought to you by Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we'll highlight three common DIY plumbing errors to avoid, and offer guidance to help you steer clear of unnecessary headaches and expenses.

If you’d rather leave the plumbing service to trained and uniformed plumbers, then call Rooter Hero Plumbing. We are an established business with decades of industry experience and heritage, and we are proud to offer emergency plumbing repair service.

Mistake 1: Ignoring Proper Tools and Techniques

One of the most common mistakes DIY enthusiasts make is attempting plumbing repairs without the necessary tools and knowledge. Plumbing systems are intricate, and using improper tools or techniques can lead to further damage and complications.

Using makeshift tools or tools not specifically designed for plumbing tasks can result in damaged pipes, fittings, or fixtures. Further, improper techniques such as overtightening fittings or using excessive force can cause leaks, cracks, or breaks in pipes and fixtures.

Mistake 2: Underestimating the Severity of Issues

Another common mistake DIY plumbers make is underestimating the severity of plumbing problems. Ignoring warning signs or attempting to patch up issues temporarily can lead to larger and more expensive problems down the road.

Even minor leaks can indicate underlying issues such as corroded pipes or faulty seals. Ignoring leaks or attempting quick fixes without addressing the root cause can result in water damage, mold growth, and structural damage over time.

Slow drains or clogged pipes may seem like minor inconveniences, but they can be symptoms of more significant drainage problems. Neglecting these issues can lead to sewage backups, foul odors, and damage to plumbing fixtures and appliances.

Finally, inconsistent water pressure or sudden changes in pressure may signal issues with the plumbing system, such as leaks, clogs, or faulty pressure regulators. Ignoring these problems can cause damage to pipes, fixtures, and appliances and result in increased water bills.

Mistake 3: Failing to Shut Off Water Properly

Failing to shut off the water supply before starting plumbing repairs or installations is a common yet critical mistake. Neglecting to turn off the water can lead to flooding, water damage, and personal injury.

Familiarize yourself with the location of the main water shut-off valve in your home and ensure easy access in case of emergencies. Before beginning any plumbing work, always shut off the water supply to the affected area or the entire house if necessary. This prevents water from flowing into the pipes and allows you to work safely and effectively.

After turning off the water, test the shut-off valve to ensure it is functioning correctly and effectively stopping the flow of water.

Hire a Uniformed Plumber

Leaving plumbing work to an experienced plumber can end up saving you a lot of time, energy, and money. To hire a uniformed plumber, call Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air. Our team is on standby to take your call today.

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