Common Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid

Common Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid

Hiring a professional to handle all of your plumbing needs seems like the best idea. However, hiring a plumbing contractor is not always cheap. Furthermore, when a plumbing job has a simple fix, why not do it yourself to save time? Whether you are paying top dollar for a professional plumbing company to cater to your needs, or having someone within the family do it themselves, mistakes are always very common. The biggest problem is that many people, even some professionals, are not aware that they have made these mistakes, which creates even more problems.

There are many Do It Yourselfers that would much rather fix things on their own than to hire a professional. This could be a great way to save money and get the job done at your own pace, or it could also produce an even bigger mistake leading to harmful complications when it comes to your home. Do not let your beautiful home lower its standards because of an unexpected plumbing mistake, though.

Although you might imagine that, by hiring a professional, you can avoid sloppy work. However, it is difficult to decide who really is a “professional”. There are many companies out there today that are better at acting than getting the job done right. While there are many companies that will work with you to guarantee everything is done right, you must be wary of other companies that may not be so reassuring.

Finally, what are these common mistakes? How can one be sure they are not harming their property? The most common plumbing mistakes may seem like common sense to some, but, for many non-professionals, quality is the last thing on their minds. Keep the following tips in mind not only when doing work yourself, but when observing a hired plumber as well:

  1. Do not settle for less than excellence – Many DIYers and even some plumbers get the job done, notice a few small mistakes, but think the job is done well enough. This is one of the biggest mistakes. Be sure the job is done right, to avoid bigger problems in the future.
  2. Always use a level – As this may seem to be common sense, you would be surprised how many problems can occur because something is not level. Take the extra couple seconds to use a level to assure the job will be done correctly. Keep an eye on your plumber to make sure he is also using the proper tools to avoid mistakes.
  3. Consider the location – When it comes to installation of a new bathroom, be sure to place the construction somewhere that will not cause disturbances in the house.
  4. Use proper tools – Investing in the proper tools is worth the money. Do not settle for something similar. This does not simply mean large tools used for construction and similar piping, but also very simple things such as markers and tape.
  5. Do not rush – Imagine you just bought a new home and are having a house warming party soon. Your guests are not expecting the house to be perfect, especially your bathrooms. Do not rush when dealing with plumbing jobs. Take your time in getting the job done right, even if that means you must invest more time and effort and deal with a slight mess for a while.

It is important for you, as a homeowner, to recognize these common mistakes. Before starting a project, be sure you know what you are doing. If you are unsure, it may be wise to hire a professional plumber that performs quality work. Thoroughly research any plumber before hiring them by reading their reviews, checking out their website, and checking to see if they are licensed and insured. Even after you have hired someone, be observant while they work on your plumbing. When you know what to look out for, you are keeping your home safe from careless damage.

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    Comment by paul@Leak Detection: Jun 19, 2012 at 6:21 AM

    I was reading the blog and I must say that I really like the points 1 and 5. The reason being often we take the wrong decision in haste and I think if we keep these two points in mind then we can get a better solution for the plumbing issues.
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