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Common DIY Plumbing Mistakes


We know finding a do-it-yourself plumbing option is your first instinct before calling in the professionals. The key is to not make a simple job worse. Here are a few common DIY plumbing mistakes to avoid.

Not Turning off Your Water First

Whether you're tinkering with the toilet or a leaky sink, your first priority should be to turn off the water. That way, if you nick a pipe, water won't go shooting in every direction and flood your bathroom.

To accomplish this, look for the shut off valve that's closest to the problem. This way, you won't have to turn off the water for the whole house.

Installing the Wrong Product

Before you install a new toilet, sink, faucet, or pipe, always make sure you have the right materials.

Taking out the old product only to realize that the new one isn't the right size can be a catastrophe.

Therefore, always double check measurements, product names, and any other distinguishing details to make sure you're getting it right.

Using the Wrong Tools

Plumbing is not a one-size-fits-all type of project. You'll need a lot of tools to get the job done right; otherwise, you could damage your system.

Unless you're a handyman, there's a good chance you won't have all the plumbing tools you need. If this is the case, you'll either need to buy them or call in a professional to do the job.

Over or Under Tightening

The dangers of under tightening a pipe are pretty clear. Water will slowly leak out of the pipe, eventually causing water damage that's bad enough to rot your ceiling or flooring.

Over tightening can be just as dangerous. If you make the connection too tight, you'll strip down the screws or bolts, making them impossible to remove and loosening the seal.

Not Having a Plan

Never just start knocking down walls or demoing your old pipes without having a plan.

Always make sure you know what you're doing from start to finish. If you only have a general idea and just go with the flow, you could miss a crucial step that puts your home at risk.

Get It Right from the Start

Don't want to have to worry about all of these issues? Just call David Gray Plumbing Services at the first sign of a problem. We'll handle everything so you won't have to worry about making any mistakes and damaging your home.