Plumbing is one of the most important systems in the home, yet we don’t give it much thought. As most of the plumbing system is hidden from view, all we usually see are the parts that we use – taps, sinks, the bath – hence it’s easy to overlook maintenance when it comes to the plumbing.
Here are five of the most common mistakes homeowners make with regard to plumbing, so you can avoid them and save money!
1. Forgetting to Turn the Water Off
Probably the most commonly made mistake is forgetting to turn the water off. You need to do this, at source, before you attempt any plumbing job, no matter how minor. Water pressure in homes is quite high and leaving the water on will result in possible damage.
It’s very important you know where your water taps are – you’ll often find them under the sink in the kitchen, or near to where the water enters the house – so make sure you check them out now.
2. Connecting Different Types of Pipe
A very important tip: if you connect copper and galvanized pipes, you will soon see the connecting area corrode. Corrosion leads to leaks, and leaks lead to damage and expensive repairs.
It’s perhaps best, if you are unsure, to use a professional plumbing service to do the job correctly. This will ensure that your property does not get further damage.
3. Use the Wrong Tools
Plumbing systems may be essentially simple, yet the right tools are required to do the job. You can’t simply pick up a few from your regular tool kit, as they will not necessarily be the right ones.
If you are intent on DIY plumbing there are some jobs you can do quite easily, and we recommend you check out videos online and buy the correct tools before you begin. For anything remotely complicated, talk to the professionals.
4. Buying Budget Parts
This one is very simple: your plumbing system is an active part of your home. You need it to last as long as it should, operating correctly all the time. That’s why you need to source quality parts, rather than go down the budget route.
A professional will always use the best quality parts available, and you should too. It won’t cost you much more, and it will save you money in the long run.
5. Doing It Yourself!
Let’s be honest here, if you’re not adept at plumbing, you’re not going to do as good a job as a professional will. We all like to save money, but what if your fix doesn’t work?
You’ve wasted time and effort doing a job for nothing, and now you have to call in the professionals. It pays to engage the services of people who know what they are doing.
If you are based in Petaluma, CA, and need a plumber, I thoroughly recommend you give Petaluma Plumbers a call.