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    5 DIY Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid

    June 3, 2015

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    5 DIY Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid

    A lot of people make the decision to do plumbing jobs themselves. There are things that a homeowner can do on their own rather than hiring a plumber to do it for them. The money that they can save by doing it on their own is well worth it. But there are mistakes that can cost homeowners a lot if they are doing the work themselves. Here are 5 common mistakes that homeowners make when they are doing DIY plumbing jobs.

    Rushing a Job

    It doesn’t matter if you have a lot of people in your house or you’re simply rushing around, it’s sometimes easy to think that rushing when doing a plumbing job’s the way to go. But it’s never a good idea. When you rush through plumbing work, things can happen and go wrong.

    The mistake that most people make when they are rushing through plumbing is not turning off your water. If you understand that it’s important to turn it off, you shouldn’t chance it.  Additionally, when you’re not sure, you should turn the water off just in case. Turning your little valve or knob often makes the difference between an easy job or nightmare.

    Crooked Installations

    If you have enough skill to put in a new sink or toilet, don’t forget to level. This is a surprising mistake that a lot of people make and it’s one that can actually alter the appearance and function of the project. It only takes a couple of seconds to use a level and it can help you with avoiding costly and irritating repairs in the future.

    Not Having Matching Pipes

    When it comes to DIY plumbing, a lot of people go for the pipe that is of the right shape and size. But it’s also important to look at the material that the pipe’s made from too. The mistake that most people make when they’re fitting together two pipes relates to size and material. When you are fitting together two different sized pipes, the right connecting piece has to be used for proper sealing. Simply because pipes are holding together it doesn’t mean that they are fitted properly.

    Another really common mistake is that people connect galvanized steel pipes to copper pipes. These two materials have reactions and it will cause a quick corrosion of the point of connection, which will result in leaks. A suitable fitting such as brass has to be used for connecting those materials.

    Ignoring the Local Laws

    Even though plumbers should know the laws about permits forwards and backwards, homeowners usually don’t know these types of things about plumbing. But if you’re attempting DIY projects without knowing the laws that are in your city, you may find that you are being fined.

    Depending on the job’s size, a lot of counties and cities need permits. In some of the areas, putting in a toilet will require you to get a permit, and in some of the others you’ll only need one for the bigger renovations. You should learn about the laws before tackling the jobs yourself.

    It’s possible that you are wondering why it should matter, since it’s not likely that anyone from the city’s going to stop and check your bathroom soon, right? This is wrong.  Even though you aren’t likely to have a random check, doing plumbing work without getting a permit can cause a lot of problems for you.

    If a job that you have done causes a leak or another problem, you may face a lot more trouble other than having to call a plumber. If there’s severe damage to your home, your insurance company may not accept your claim. So you may have problems with costly repairs that your insurance company is denying due to lack of permit.

    You also can be facing fines if you don’t have a permit. A lot like a parking violation or watering your lawn when you’re not supposed to, working without your permit can cause you to be fined.  How much you will have to pay will depend on where you live.

    If you are planning to do some plumbing yourself, you want to make sure that you are avoiding the mistakes above. Otherwise you may find that you are having to pay a lot more money than if you had hired a plumber. So avoid doing these mistakes and you will find that you are doing well and that you are saving money.

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