DIY (do-it-yourself) is a very common practice in most households in the United States. It involves identifying problems by yourself, shopping for the parts/tools needed for the repair, and then doing the actual manual labor on your own. In most cases this can save a lot in terms of expenses when it comes to the repair, as hiring a technician or plumber could end up costing hundreds of dollars for something which could have easily been fixed. In some instances, however, plumbing problems become so bad that calling for help from a professional is the only way to have them corrected. Here are 8 common home plumbing mistakes to avoid at all costs:
- Proper Garbage Disposal – You may throw stuff down the drain all the time, not wondering what happens to it, but by putting materials in which should not be dispensed, you can severely damage the disposal chute.
- Fixture Weights – Don’t overload the shower head fixture with too many items!
- Toilet Flushing – This is probably the most common mistake which needs to be avoided. People tend to flush all kinds of things down the toilet, and any clog along the pipeline can seriously mess things up.
- Improper Drainage – Never pour oil, grease, or any type of oil-based liquid down a drain. It will harden once it reaches the inner portion and is very difficult to remove.
- Improper Water Heater Usage – If you just bought your water heater and are excited to use it, think again. You need to have it properly installed first!
- Disassembly Nightmare – If you are planning to take something apart in order to attempt to repair it, the least you can do is make sure you remember how to put it back together again!
- Using Incorrect Tools – If you’re planning to do DIY, make sure that you’ve invested in the proper tools – meaning wrenches, screwdrivers, and anything else should be properly sized.
- Putting Hair Down Drains – Now, if you live with a woman in the house you’ll know the frustration involved with the hairs all over the floor, sink, and in the drain. If hair builds up around drainage holes, always remove them and deposit properly in a trash bin or waste bucket.
There you have it, 8 of the most common mistakes to avoid when it comes to home plumbing.