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Top Mistakes Made With Plumbing

Plumbing Mistakes

When wanting to save money you will try to fix your plumbing problems by yourself. At times you will be able to fix the problem on your own with no difficulties. However, many times a simple repair will end up costing you more money and causing a greater damage because you didn't call for professional help. It’s important to be smart about how you go about fixing it. Listed below are the top mistakes made with plumbing when you don’t call for a professional.

  • Using Too Much Drain Cleaner: When using drain cleaner be sure to use the correct amount and for the right reasons. Drain Cleaner is typically used for clearing clogs or built-up residue. However, using too much of it can cause more problems. A safe and environmental friendly alternative would be vinegar and baking soda. Another alternative to clear out your drain would be a pipe snake.
  • Using Drain Cleaner In The Wrong Place: Typically most drain cleaners are safe to use in the bathroom and kitchen sinks. However, toilets can be damaged if you use the wrong type of drain cleaner. Be sure not to use drain cleaner in the wrong places. To avoid this, make sure you carefully read all labels before using the product.
  • Having An Outside Hose Connected In The Winter: Having a garden hose connected outside in the winter months can cause many issues. If it is connected, it can cause your water lines to freeze and burst. If this happens to your home, you will be covered in thousands of dollars in water damage for you to get repaired. To avoid this problem make sure you always disconnect your outside hose before the cold temperatures of winter arrive.
  • Mismatching Pipes: When replacing pipes, many DIY plumbers will choose the wrong size or type of pipe for the repair. Using the wrong pipe can cause many problems and cost you more money. When fixing your pipes without professional help always be sure to double-check the type of pipe and connector you need to use.
  • Not Turning Off Your Water: If you get a leak the first thing you should do is shut off your water. It’s important to remember that no matter how small a leak is you should always turn off your water before attempting to repair the leak. This can save you money and extra damage the leak could have caused if you had left your water on.
  • Putting Too Much Down The Garbage Disposal: Even though the Garbage Disposal disposes food not all trash is able to go down into it. Common food items that plumbers have to take out of the drain are watermelon rinds, potato peels, and pumpkin cravings. Be sure not to overload your drain and make sure it is fully clear before using.
  • Not Calling For Help When It’s Needed: Sometimes problems can't be fixed or solved by yourself. It's always a safe bet to call for help when you need it to prevent future problems, save money and stay safe.

Do it yourself projects can be costly and at times dangerous. If you have any concerns or questions regarding your plumbing problem contact F.H.Furr Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical.

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