Monday, May 26, 2014

Common DIY Plumbing Mistakes

DIY plumbing has its perks – but only if it is done right. Sad to say, there are eager but untrained homeowners who are willing to take the risk and do the plumbing on their own. The result? Messy and troublesome mistakes that would have been avoided. Here are some of them.
The “Good enough” mentality. Or should we say, “Disease”? Delicate projects like plumbing won’t take “good enough” for an assurance. All those pipes and fittings account for your home’s cleanliness and orderliness, and even your family’s safety.
Using mismatching material. It doesn’t necessarily mean that one cannot use two different types of pipe. One just have to make sure that they’re using the proper fitting – for instance, the correct coupling to properly connect a steel and copper pipe. Using the wrong fitting or none at all can cause the metals to quickly corrode at the connection, and can even build up to clog the pipe.
Forgetting the Teflon tape. Teflon tape is an indispensable plumbing material used on the threaded ends of pipes. Using it lubricates the ends for easier fitting, and also makes the joint more watertight. A watertight joint is virtually leak-proof – which is music to the ears of everyone in the plumbing industry.
Not using the level. Not doing so increases the chance of laying down uneven pipes, which can cause a wide array of future problems. Like the Teflon tape, this is a fairly simple step that is often overlooked.

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