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How To Avoid DIY Plumbing Disasters

by Sara Cook

Due to the current state of the economy, more and more homeowners are deciding to take matters into their own hands in an effort to save money, instead of calling a plumber. Unfortunately, in many cases, DIY home repairs end up becoming expensive plumbing disasters. Here are a few tips that will help you avoid plumbing disasters.

Safety First

When it comes to most DIY home repairs, saving money tends to be at the forefront of the minds of homeowners. However, safety should be far more important to homeowners than money. Due to the dangers associated with plumbing, you should always keep in mind that it is far better to pay a professional to do the job than to sustain a serious injury. Ensure that you have a first aid kit on hand at all times and have a close friend or family member supervise you.

Shut-Off Values

Before you start any plumbing job, you should know exactly where the shut-off values are. While this tip may seem obvious, thousands of dollars are spent every year repairing water damage that could have easily been prevented with the shut-off values. No matter how small the job is, knowledge of the location of the shut-off valves may be necessary.

For example, you could be replacing the dishwasher in your new home when an old fixture suddenly gives out. If water starts to gush out everywhere, you could simply use the shut off valve and your home will sustain very minimal water damage at the very most. However, the water damage could quickly pile up if you spend an hour or two looking for the location of the shut-off valve.

Right Tools and Materials

To avoid potential plumbing disasters, it is vital that you use the correct tools and materials for the job. If you use the wrong type of screwdriver or wrench for a plumbing job, you may end up with a lot of stripped threads. To drill these threads out and replace them will likely cost you a fortune. When it comes to materials, it is vital you are not stingy. For example, if you purchase a cheap pipe, it may burst on you in a few months and cause plenty of water damage.

As you can see, there are many things you can do to avoid DIY plumbing disasters. Just follow the tips listed above and the plumbing job should go quite smoothly. If you need any help, consider contacting a professional plumber for assistance.