A clogged sink or a dripping faucet may seem like a small plumbing problem that you can fix yourself. However, sometimes these problems can be more complicated than it seems. Your small DIY plumbing project may save you some money but when it isn’t done right, it can cause you more problems that you started off with. Here are just some of the ways your DIY plumbing project can go wrong.
Not turning off the water
You may think you can leave the water on for a quick change of a valve or faucet. However, this rarely turns out well. If you are not able to attach the new valve or faucet, you will have the full force of water pressure flooding your room. A simple valve change can now lead to thousands of dollars in flood damage.
Using drain cleaners are your first choice
The easiest way to unclog a sink is actually to use a snake drain cleaning tool or remove to p-trap and pour out the clog. However, most people opt to use a drain cleaner and pour in more than what is recommended. This can actually create more problems than it solves. Drain cleaners are corrosive and can destroy rubber gaskets and damage metal pipes which will eventually lead to leaks.
Wrong size pipes
Choosing the size of pipes is an important decision. The size of a water pipe determines the amount of water that can be delivered to your appliances. Using the wrong size pipes can lead to frequent clogs and leaks. You will have to constantly unclog and fix leaks which is money and time consuming.
Using the wrong tape or wrapping it wrongly
PTFE threads or teflon tapes must be wrapped clockwise around the thread. The most common mistake is wrapping it backwards. The tape will actually unwind from the thread as you tighten the fitting. If the tape is not embedded, it can’t seal the fitting, defeating the whole purpose of the tape.
You may think that tightening connections will prevent leaks, but overtightening connections between the pipes, fittings and bolts can actually cause cracks. If it does not happen immediately, over time, excessive force can crack the fitting causing floods. This is more common in plastic fitting. Overtightening the fitting between pipes and your toilet bowl or tank can also cause the toilet bowl or tank to crack.
When it comes to plumbing problems, either big or small, leave it to the professional. Save yourself the trouble and just contact one of our plumbing experts.