Most homeowners have a little plumbing knowledge and it is beneficial too, to change a leaky faucet washer or correct a clogged toilet. But sometimes, the Do-it-yourself techniques do not go as smoothly as planned and the plumbing work gets damaged rather than repairing.
Some of the common plumbing mistakes most homeowners make in their Sydney homes are given below. Make sure not to make these mistakes or else it will cost a lot of money, time and trouble.
Excessive Drain Cleaner
Most people can take care of clogged drains of kitchen and bathrooms on their own but the excessive use of chemical drain cleaners can pose a greater threat.
Most plumbers advise not to use them or use them very judiciously. Chemical drain cleaners have some substances which can lead to corrosion of pipes. Natural cleaners or very mild chemical cleaners should be used to open up any blockages in the pipes.
Water valve shut-off
The main water inlet pipe has a main shut off valve which needs to be shut off before doing any faucet repairing or taking any fixture apart. The localised shut-off valves are also available which can be turned off when working only in a particular section. Many homeowners forget to shut off these valves and flood their room with uncontrolled water.
When pipes get corroded or need a replacement, many homeowners search their options on internet and buy the one which best suit them. But that is a very big mistake. One should know which type of pipes are installed in their homes and should always replace the pipes of the same material.
For example, an old PVC pipe should never be replaced with a new PEX pipe because it can lead to serious consequences. Some kinds of pipes cannot sustain hot water while some shrink in cold water. Using copper connectors on galvanised pipes can cause corrosion and lead to blockages.
So before replacing pipes, one should consult the plumbers Sydney.
Local Code Ignorance
There is local code for building which allows a standard use of materials, workmanship and configurations. These are standardised legal codes which protect the home from any kind of messy and shoddy work. Thus, before starting the project, the homeowners should inquire about the local standard codes and follow them or else there can be legal consequences.
Get the right Tools
The homeowners should have the right tools for the right job. When they are trying to pull apart the pipes or replace any leaky faucets there is a lot of possibility of error and every joint has to tighten with the right wrench and the right tools should be used for opening and closing of nut bolts. One should have the right tools before starting the job and should know how to use them efficiently.
Most homeowners do these common mistakes when repairing plumbing home Sydney. One should always be vary of these common mistakes and if the work is beyond their capabilities, they should call professional plumbers to ward off any plumbing disaster.