We are quickly becoming a do-it-yourself society with all different kinds of DIY programming on TV and every kind of online tutorial you could ever want. While this is great for some people, for others it spells disaster especially when working with plumbing problems. No one wants an even bigger mess than when they started and everyone wants their plumbing to work so here is what NOT to do:
Forgetting to Shut Off the Water – there is a main water valve coming into your home that needs to be turned off before you begin any type of plumbing repair. If you do not know where it is, this is a red flag not to proceed further on the DIY train.
Using Drain Cleaners – drain cleaners are risky business simply because they have the potential to corrode your pipes (and no one wants that!). When you need to clear a drain, it is best to use a plunger or a plumbing snake. It’s more work than just pouring some chemicals down the drain, but it is definitely the way to go.
Not Having the Proper Tools – here is another red flag that you do not need to attempt this project on your own. If you do not have the right tools for the job or you do not know how to use them correctly put them down all together. You may end up damaging your pipes or something else trying to work with them.
Not Following Local Building Codes – every municipality has specific codes stating what materials can be used, what types of configurations are legal, etc. Codes can sometimes seem like a pain, but they are put in place to protect you and your home from unprofessional, shoddy work that will inevitably cause you more problems down the road. If you don’t know what the codes are and after researching them and you’re unsure if you can follow them, call a professional to help.
If you were eager to start work on a project, but now feel like all those red flags were waving at you, give Carmine’s a call at 203-791-8089. We know the codes, have the tools and know how to use them!