The Scariest Plumbing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Posted on October 25th, 2016 by BlueMountain
There are many DIY jobs that homeowners work on – installing a new faucet, fixing minor leaks, or dealing with pipe blockages. While these seem like simple fixes, sometimes it can lead to a costly mistake.
While it is financially beneficial to solve plumbing problems on your own, it can lead to more problems than you started with. Want to make sure trick-or-treaters are the only scary thing your home sees this Halloween? Read on to learn about some common plumbing mistakes and how to avoid them.
Using too much drain cleaner
The commercial drain cleaners you see on television or in stores are great for clearing away clogs and getting rid of built-up residue, but using too much of these products can do more harm than good. The harsh chemicals in drain cleaners can start to eat away at the walls of metal and PVC pipes.
TIP: Try using an eco-friendly drain cleaning alternative. Vinegar, baking soda, and warm water is all you need.
Using drain cleaner in the wrong places
Not only do you need to be aware of the amount of drain cleaner you are using, but you also need to be careful of where you use your drain cleaner. Whether you use an alternative product or a commercial drain cleaning product, toilets and washing machine drain pipes can be damaged if you use the wrong type of cleaner.
TIP: Make sure to read all labels on your products before you use them.
Leaving an outside hose connected in the winter
Leaving a garden hose connected to the outside faucet may not be a problem during the warmer months of the year, but if left connected in the winter months, it can cause your water lines to freeze and burst.
TIP: Always disconnect your outside hoses before cooler temperatures arise to prevent thousands of dollars in water damage.
Mismatching your pipes
Minor water leaks, whether it’s under the sink or in the basement, are often the problems that lead homeowners to turn into DIY plumbers. When replacing a leaky pipe, make sure to choose the right size and type. Many homeowners try to make the wrong size fit with the wrong connectors.
TIP: Always research and double-check the type of pipe and connector you need to use.
In need of a plumbing professional? Blue Mountain Plumbing, Heating and Cooling is professionally trained and ready to help you fix any problem in no time. Call 877-280-5777 to learn more about how we can help.