How-to Avoid a DIY Plumbing Disaster

More and more people are turning to DIY home repairs in the hope of saving a dollar or two. In many cases, doing your own repairs is not difficult and can indeed save you a considerable amount of money. However DIY repairs can cause accidents that may not only compromise your safety but also cause damage to your property. It is thus prudent to balance the cost of getting professional help with the potential cost of accidents, emergencies and repairs that may be necessitated by a botched DIY job.

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Plumbing is one area in which a mistake can be disastrous as the potential for property damage is immense, no matter what kind of home you live in. So, if you’re thinking of attempting some DIY plumbing, here are some rules that can help you to avoid disaster.

Rule #1- Safety

While saving money or fixing a leak might be at the forefront of your mind, make safety your first priority whenever attempting any kind of DIY activity. No amount of damage to your property can rival the dangers presented by a serious injury. Keep a first aid kit on hand and get a friend or family member to supervise. Keeping someone close is especially important, and possibly the most often ignored, but it doesn’t take a genius to see that if you run into problems that stops you being able to call for help, things are not going to end well.

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If you start with the right mindset, you’ll greatly minimize the chances of running into issues. Treat every single job as a very important one, no matter how big or small it is. You might be changing a washer, or installed a hot water system, but no matter what the job, behave as if every single job has the potential for disaster, because it does.

Rule #2 Every Job is a Potential Disaster

If you start with the right mindset, you’ll greatly minimize the chances of running into issues. Treat every single job as a very important one, no matter how big or small it is. You might be changing a washer, or installed a hot water system, but no matter what the job, behave as if every single job has the potential for disaster, because it does.

Rule #3- Know where your shut-off valves are

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but this single issue has the biggest potential to turn a tiny job into thousands of dollars of water damage. You could simply be changing a washer in your new house when all of a sudden an old fixture gives out and water is suddenly gushing out everywhere. If you know instantly where the shut off valve is, then no real harm will be done. If you don’t, you could be looking at the damage piling up as you hunt around a new location for the shut off valve.

While you might be confused as to the different parts of your plumping apparatus, the one thing you should always make sure you know is where your shut off valves are. It could mean the difference between getting a little wet or having to replace floorboards/carpet or even worse.

Rule #4- Use the right tools and material

In order to successfully avoid a plumbing disaster, it is important that you have all the tools you need. Trying to get by with the wrong kind of wrench or screwdriver, can mean stripped threads and lots of expense drilling them out and replacing.

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On the material side of things, it doesn’t matter how careful you are in every other aspect if you use cheap pipe and the thing bursts on you a few months down the track. Know which tools and materials you will need BEFORE you start the job. It may seem like stating the obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people run into issues from this specific problem alone.

Rule #5- Know what you’re doing

While knowing what you’re doing might sound like a no-brainer, many plumbing disasters are caused by DIY plumbers who have no idea what they should be doing. Don’t take on a project if you’re clueless or have doubts about how you will complete it. Do your research both online and off before attempting your DIY project. The corollary to this of course, is that you need to be able to admit when a job is beyond your level of competence. At that point the unavoidable conclusion is to invite a professional to give you a quote for the job.

DIY plumbing might seem like an attractive option for those concerned about saving money, be wary of the potential costs of damage to your property or even injury to yourself, both of which you risk suffering if you’re an inexperienced plumber. If you are adamant about doing it yourself, ensure that you do all you can to enhance your chances of success by gathering as much information as possible. If you realize you are not up to the task or would rather not take on the risk of suffering further damage, a professional plumber can resolve your problems in an effective and stress-free manner.

Author Bio: Doreen Brown is a freelance writer, who enjoys working with clients from various industries including EzyStrut, manufacturers and distributors of cable and support systems to electrical and plumbing contractors. Connect with Ezy Strut via Google + or LinkedIn.