Many people prefer doing their own plumbing work to cut costs or just because they love to tinker around their house. Although there is something to be said for carrying out one’s own plumbing task, these common mistakes can have costly results. Understanding the pitfalls of carrying out your own plumbing work, and how you can avoid them can help you take care of your home better.
Using Chemical Drain Cleaner
For most homeowners, a liquid drain cleaner seem like it is a miracle product. All you need is just a few drops of chemicals down the drain to open the pipes and send the waste water down into the sewer. The problem is that, chemical drain cleaners can have a long term effect on galvanized plumbing. Individuals who use this product on a regular basis can cause their pipes to have leaks or become corroded.
There are several ways to help you clear clogs without exposing your home’s plumbing to caustic chemicals. These alternative products are as follows:
Plumbing auger – this is a manually operated device that is comparable to a drain snake. It cleans most common drain clogs without caustic chemicals or a plumber.
Natural products – if you want to clear a slow drain, you can sprinkle baking soda, and then pour some vinegar and the leave the solution for a few hours. Once you are done, you can flush it with hot water.
In case none of this works, the next thing you have to do is call a plumbing contractor. A good plumber can get rid of the clogs in your drains without the need to use harsh chemicals that can harm your home’s plumbing system.
Forgetting To Turn The Water Off
You have to turn the water off for most of the plumbing tasks. Failing to do so before you start your plumbing repair or improvement can result in gushing pipes, a minor household flood, or even a terrible mess. You need to be familiar with your home’s plumbing system before you begin your next plumbing project. Switch off the water at the local shutoff valve. If you cannot find that, switch the water off at the water main.
Doing Unpermitted Work
Homeowners who perform major changes to their home’s plumbing without getting the right permits can devalue their house. Homes tend to sell longer or for a lesser price if they have unpermitted plumbing work.
There are some states that require North Myrtle Beach plumbing contractors to obtain the needed permits, others let homeowners get the permits themselves. Either way, you, as the homeowner, must ensure that permits are pulled every time they perform major work such as repiping or installation of a bathroom. Permits let local building officials to have oversight of home renovation projects. This help make sure that each home improvement project in the community are done to the code. Even though getting a permit can means you have to pay money upfront, a permit can protect you from future fines while also making sure that your plumbing work is performed correctly.
Call NMB Plumbing Pros if you need professional help in dealing with your plumbing concerns or if you are planning to take on a major plumbing project.
NMB Plumbing Pros
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582