How to avoid DIY plumbing disasters

Most of us feel that we can tackle a lot of plumbing jobs on our own. In the plumbing world, this is highly discouraged due to the likeness of a DIY home disaster. For the most part, larger construction jobs require a permit or license to undergo major scopes of work. That is why it is always recommended that if the job is one that is considered to be a “major plumbing job”, we recommend that you always consult a professional.


Tackling small minor plumbing jobs, however, can not only increase your handyman skills, but it can also help to improve your knowledge of minor fix-up jobs. If you feel confident in taking on small home plumbing jobs, it’s essential that you take five crucial tips into account, these tips will ensure that you avoid a DIY disaster!


Turn off the central water supply


Homeowners often forget to turn off their main water supply before commencing a plumbing job. This is probably one of the biggest mistakes people make when tackling DIY jobs; evidently, this leaves them sprinting to the main water supply after their bathroom or kitchen begins flooding. Ensuring you do this before any plumbing job will avoid flooding your house.


Overturning faucet handles


Homeowners often think that over cranking their faucet handles and taps will stop the problem, be that a leaking tap or annoying drip. Over cranking more often than not does not fix the problem, and more often than not, people end up breaking their faucets in the process. Ensuring that if you are going to tighten any facet handles, you do so with the correct tools, this will avoid you removing any thread from the ends of the handles.


Over tightening plumbing fittings


Often homeowners think that tightening joints as tight as possible will eliminate leaks; however, just like with the faucet handles you can strip the threading away from the fittings. Stripping threading often creates leaks, as the fittings are no longer airtight and space is thus created around the fixture, allowing water to pass through.


Having the right tools for the job


In order to do the job right the first time, it’s essential that you have a basic tool kit in place to make sure you are ready to tackle any minor plumbing jobs when it arises. Having the wrong tools or using tools that are not designed to do what they were made for can mean you may be in for significant problem once you start the job. Buying a basic tool kit will avoid this happening.


Document everything you take apart.


Knowing how to take something apart is one thing but knowing how to put it together is another. Making sure that you document everything will ensure that you will be able to reassemble everything correctly when the time comes.


Now you know five tips that will help minimise a DIY home disaster. Knowing to turn off your water supply, ensure you don’t crack taps and over tighten fittings, will reduce breakages, leaks and more.

More so, if you ensure that you have the right tools before commencing the job, this will eliminate you getting halfway through a situation and realising you cannot complete it. Lastly, don’t forget to document everything, documentation of your plumbing jobs will avoid there being left over miscellaneous fittings after you have finished the job.