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Do it yourself plumbing can be satisfying and sometimes can save you money, but there are things you need to look out for which could cause more problems. The most common mistakes made by DIY’ers can cost even more money in terms of water damage, safety and time wasted. Learning about these common DIY plumbing mistakes can help you plan better for future projects.

Mistake 1 – Not turning off the water main: Many DIY plumbing projects end in water damage because people forget to shut the water supply. Before you remove pipes or clear traps, make sure to turn off the water, either to fixture you’re working on or to the whole house.

Mistake 2 – Not having the right tools for the job: If you don’t have the right tools for the job, you can make a problem worse or complicate the plumbing situation. Always research the proper tools needed for each job and purchase the tools or rent them. Many plumbing jobs will require a plumber’s wrench, a basin wrench and a plumber’s snake. If you’re planning several extensive DIY projects the hand tools are worth buying.

Mistake 3 – Using too much chemical drain cleaner: liquid drain cleaner chemicals are fine in moderation, but it can damage some types of pipes, especially if used too often. As an alternative Instead, try using vinegar and baking soda. Regardless, don’t rely solely on liquid drain cleaner for clogged or slow drains. First try a plunger and or a hand cranked drain snake for clogs than can’t be plunged. That being said, plunging often solves the problem. If you do resort to chemical drain openers, always use eye and face protection since the chemicals are usually caustic and can inflict burns or even blindness.

If your project seems to be more than you’re willing to tackle yourself give Robertson Plumbing a call.