A lot of homeowners prefer to do their own plumbing work so they can save money or they just want to be handy around the house. Although there is nothing wrong with this, committing mistakes can lead to costly results. Knowing the risks of doing your own plumbing work and how to avoid them can help you take care of your home much better. Here are a few tips provided by expert plumbers.
Chemical Drain Cleaner
For several homeowners, liquid drain cleaners would seem as if they are miracle products. You only need to pour a few cups of chemicals down the drain to open up the pipes and send waste water into the sewer. However, chemical drain cleaners tend to have a lasting effect on galvanized plumbing. Those who utilize this product often may cause their pipes to become corroded as well as leaky. There are several ways to get rid of clogs without the need to release caustic chemicals all throughout your plumbing system. These alternative products include a plumbing auger and natural products like baking soda and vinegar. In case none of these works, then you have to call a plumber who can clear the clogs in the drain without having to use harsh chemicals that could damage the plumbing system of your home.
Not Turning Off The Water
Before taking on any water related project, the first thing you have to do is turn off your water. Failing to do so before starting a plumbing repair or improvement can cause gushing pipes, household flood, or a watery mess. You need to get to know your plumbing system first before you begin any plumbing project. Turn off the local shutoff valve and if you can’t find it, switch off the one that is located at the water main.
Doing Unpermitted Work
You could devalue your home if you make major changes you to your home’s plumbing system without getting the right permits. Houses with unpermitted work done take longer to sell and may sell for less than expected. Some US states require plumbers to pull permits while others allow homeowners to obtain permits on their own. Either way, you have to make sure that permits are obtained whenever you do major work like repiping, installing, or remodeling a bathroom. Permits allow local building officials to have oversight over home remodeling projects to make sure that the work is done to code. Even though obtaining a permit will cost you money, it can still protect you from having to pay penalties later on while making sure that the plumbing work is performed properly.
Connecting Copper and Galvanized Pipes
When copper and galvanized pipes get in touch with one another, it results to corrosion. Several homeowners who do their own plumbing work are not aware of this issue and will fix galvanized pipes using modern copper pipes. This can only be done if a special piece referred to as dielectric union is used. It is a joint that utilizes a plastic sleeve as well as a rubber washer to make sure that the galvanized and copper piping do not touch one another.
DIYing Without Proper Training
There are a lot of homeowners who take on plumbing projects without any insurance or license. Professional Myrtle Beach plumbers know how plumbing systems work. They have gone through the right training and have had lots of experience in dealing with various kinds of plumbing problems. It is better to leave your plumbing projects in their capable hands to ensure the safety and quality of the project.
Call Blue Ribbon Plumbing LLC if you need help with your plumbing system. Whether it involves installation, repair, replacement, or maintenance, our team is always ready to help.
Blue Ribbon Plumbing LLC
4201 Carolina Exchange Drive Suite 202
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579