Sometimes you are at home and you get a small water leakage problem in the kitchen. You can see the leakage and want to fix it by yourself instead of calling a professional plumber because the problem is small you want to fix it by yourself. Well you can do it easily by just avoiding some mistakes people commonly and doing it properly. Some mistakes people generally make are mentioned below and you should always keep them in mind.
1. Using Drainage Line Cleaners to remove the Blockage
This is one of the most common mistake people make while plumbing at home because this is the simplest way to unblock a blockage because all you need to do is just pour the Cleaner into the pipes instead of removing all the p-traps and pipes, etc. and there are many problems caused by Drainage line cleaners for example;
- The drain trap arm you will remove will be full of corrosive liquid if the cleaner fails to remove the drainage.
- Cleaner damages the metallic pipes and traps when used excessively and unnecessarily which leads to a leakage later.
- Another cause of leakage due to Drainage line cleaners is that it damages the rubber gaskets in coupling.
2. Pouring Grease and Oils down Your Drain
Many people pour down the grease left from their meals in the sink which is never recommended because grease is the major cause of blockage in your sink. People think that rinsing the sink or drain with boiling water may clear everything, but it never clears all. Solidified grease remains there.
3. Trying welding pipes at home
This a very common mistake people often make thinking that everything can dine at home by just watching any tutorial on Youtube or reading an article on it well this may be the case in many things but welding is not one of them. Sometimes there is a joint which needs welding to be sealed or else may cause leakage and in such case what you should do is contact a licensed welder. Because unlicensed welders are also a problem nowadays for example in local Sydney welding market number of cases of unlicensed welders was reported and they may be fatal for you too so be aware and don’t try to weld at home.
4. Flushing material in your flush
Many people know that flushing any material is not a good idea and it may damage the pipes or block them and may cause problems for you later because people think of bathroom pipes as they are large enough to get anything passed through them but that is not the case and it is only a 3-inch pipe. This is three inches pipe is the piping where the entire house drains into.
5. Proper spacing in toilets
People often design a bathroom too small for anyone to move around because they think that bathroom doesn’t need that much space well that is not the case. When there is a problem in your bathroom for example a blockage, etc. you need a bathroom big enough so you can move freely around the sink or toilet and locate the problem.
6. Using extra force on stuck valves
When the valves are not turned for a long time they are stuck and you aren’t able to turn them with a lighter force doesn’t mean that it will turn if you put a large amount of force because the greater force will cause the knob to break or may damage the stem of the valve. The solution is that as both are sealed together you can use a wrench to open it. Put the stem of the valve in a fixed position and try to turn the knob it will loosen the knob more effectively instead of trying something else and ending up breaking the whole thing and causing a leakage.
7. No Appropriate tools
Trying to fix something at home for example opening a blockage in the drain or something you need to have the proper and appropriate tools for that. Not having proper tools is like a surgeon with no proper apparatus or a musician without any instruments. You should have proper tools to make plumbing at home easier because most plumbers make plumbing look easier because of the appropriate tools.
8. Not Closing water supply
Many People think that closing the water supply is not that important and they will be able to fix the leakage or valve quickly without turning off the water supply. Well some of them might have successfully done it but there is a lot of risk as if you are not able to fix it the water will flood your house. So, always turn off the water supply that is what professional plumbers do.
In the end the biggest and most common mistake is not contacting professional plumbers on time. So try to fix something at home but do not try too hard and let the professionals handle your problem and there are many local Sydney plumbers who can help you when you need them
This post has originally been featured in Residence Style.