Five Common DIY Plumbing Mistakes

Sometimes a DIY project seems like a good idea when you want to get something around your house fixed or updated and save money. When it comes to making a plumbing repair or installation, however, there is plenty that can go wrong without the right knowledge and tools. Gillece Plumbers have been called to remedy plenty of common DIY plumbing mistakes, which can end up costing more than intended to fix what was meant to be repaired in the first place.

1. Improper Connections

Gillece Plumbers frequently see plumbing with improper connections. Connecting two different kinds of pipes, like galvanized steel and copper, calls for proper coupling between the two in order to prevent corrosion. Dielectric unions are used to separate the metals so that they don’t come in contact.

2. Unclogging a Drain

A clogged drain is one of the most common household plumbing problems that people also try to fix on their own. Depending on which drain is clogged, different tools will work for different drains and blockages. Using a drain snake in the toilet, for instance, can damage the bowl. Using a chemical drain cleaner can also do more harm than good in any drain by eating away at your pipes.

3. Wrong Trap

Sometimes during a remodeling project people choose an S-trap for their sink drain, which is not vented properly and can allow dangerous sewer gases into your home. Your Gillece Plumber will install a properly vented P-trap in your sink drain line with the right tools and expert knowledge.

4. Leaving Water On

While it might seem like common sense, plenty of DIYers forget to turn off the water before starting a plumbing project. This one mistake can lead to flooding in your house and costly water damage, or at least a mess and damaged pipes.

5. Faulty Installations

Installing a new faucet or toilet by yourself may not yield the best results, especially without the right tools. You could end up with a leak or out-of-place water and costly repairs to fix a problem stemming from a faulty installation. When in doubt, call Gillece Plumbing Services for a professional and experienced plumber.

Before beginning a DIY project involving your plumbing, consider leaving it up to the experts. You might run into a bigger problem that you hadn’t prepared for or find yourself without the tools you need to do the job right. Gillece Plumbers ensure that your repair, installation, upgrade, etc. will be completed the right way without room for common and often costly mistakes.