Leaking faucets and pipes beneath the sink are among the most common plumbing issues homeowners face. While you can address minor issues using DIY methods and the right tools, it’s more prudent to leave them to the professionals.
Taking the DIY route can sometimes lead to costly blunders. At times homeowners don’t realize where they went wrong and end up making the situation worse.
Here are four common plumbing mistakes homeowners make and how to avoid them:
1. Using Excessive Drain Cleaner
Commercial drain cleaning products are good at clearing residue buildups in drains. But if you often use these products, they may incur more damage than good. These commercial drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals that help with clogged drains, but if you overuse these products, they gradually damage the walls of your plumbing system. Commercial drain cleaners can damage both metal and PVC pipes.
The best method is to prevent these problems from occurring in the first place. If you face any issue, try using natural solutions such as vinegar and baking soda to weaken the clog, and use a plunger to clear up the drain.
2. Flushing Things Down The Drain
It is common sense to understand that you shouldn’t flush odd items down the toilet. Still, this is common practice in households comprising young teenagers and children.
These items can get stuck somewhere down the drain lines and cause serious problems. If that happens, it may not only result in a clogged drain, but you might have to call a professional plumbing service who may end up removing the entire toilet to unclog the drain.
3. Lack Of Proper Tools
If you don’t have the complete set of tools required for the task, you’ll likely heat a roadblock midway through the project—which will make the situation worse. To avoid getting stuck halfway, always do your research and ensure you have the necessary tools for the job.
4. Not Knowing Your Limitations
Sometimes a plumbing project can be beyond your skill level. It is best to assess the situation and talk to a professional before deciding to do it yourself. You can ask how to handle a plumbing situation from a professional.
Once you understand the solution, you can gauge if you have the skills to do it yourself or if it would be better to call a professional plumbing service.
When To Call The Professionals
If a problem arises and you can’t handle it, it is wise to call a trusted professional plumbing company. Johnson Plumbing is always available for emergency plumbing services. We provide professional plumbing services for you all your plumbing needs.