Most homeowners can go ahead with certain plumbing projects that they can DIY and pull it off without the help of an expert plumber. But there are some things that household owners should not dare try to do on their own because it is potentially dangerous. Common household plumbing mistakes occur when homeowners do it by themselves.
A lot of homeowners would gladly commit to a plumbing project because it looks easy on the outside, only to realize much later how dangerous it is.
Call and ask for professional help before venturing into doing the top three that is considered the most deadly household plumbing mistakes.
• Overuse of Chemical Drain Cleaners
Whenever faced with the idea of a toilet clog, most homeowners will resort to pouring over some liquid drain cleaners to remove it.
Although liquid drain cleaners are advertised to get rid of clogs and enable smooth flow of the water, overuse of this can result in something catastrophic. Continually using products like this will weaken the pipes, thus advancing the effects of the usual wear and tear.
The fumes from these chemicals are also considered toxic. In turn, this toxic fume invades your home whenever a toilet clog persists. This smell is lethal to young kids and your pets too.
If ever you are constantly experiencing recurrent clogs, this is an indication that something more serious is at its root, and you must not delay asking for the help of a professional plumber.
• Extension of Hot Water Pipes
It is unavoidable that hot water pipes will be cut and extended so that water flows smoothly. It happens if there are renovations being done inside your home, especially in your kitchen, or when the hot water heater is being moved somewhere else. However, this is not just a simple DIY project, where you will cut and reconnect pipes. You will be required to use a blow torch to do so. If you are not a skilled welder, you would most likely not be able to seal everything completely, and might even cause a serious leak after the work is done.
• Joining Mismatched Pipes
For an average person, combining two or more mismatched pipes doesn’t seem like a serious issue. But to a professional plumber, this is obviously dangerous and can lead to a lot of problems later on. When trying to connect a copper pipe with a galvanized one without using a dielectric union, a leak on the union can be surely foreseen shortly.
Black Mold can also grow on leaks behind walls or in warmer locations along the line. It is a golden rule that you may never join two mismatched pipes. To avoid any leaky problem, seek professional plumbing help to safely connect pipes.
Avoiding these three household plumbing mistakes can go along way to ensure that you do not have to call a plumber in the middle of the night due to a burst pipe.