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Common DIY Plumbing Mistakes

In response to COVID-19, many homeowners are attempting to take plumbing repairs into their own hands to try to save money and avoid calling a professional. While this may sound like a good idea, in theory, this may result in an even bigger and more expensive problem in the long-run. From bathtub repair in St. Louis to helping you with your clogged drain, it’s best to let a professional tackle your home’s plumbing system to avoid a catastrophe.

Here are some plumbing mistakes that you’ll want to avoid at all costs.

Over-Tightening Connections

Of course, plumbing connections need to be extremely tight in order to work properly. However, there is such a thing as making the connections too tight that can cause damage to the fitting or break the rubber or plastic washers. Plus, connections that are too tight may strip the pipe threads or crack the fittings which will make them useless. If you’re worried that you’re cranking the connection too tightly, chances are, you may be causing damage.

Not Sloping the Shower Floor

If you’re attempting to handle a complete bathroom renovation on your own, keep in mind that gravity and your plumbing system go hand-in-hand. Your shower needs to have a sloped floor to help the water flow downward. Otherwise, the water will be stagnant and cause mold, mildew and bacteria growth. Showers should generally be sloped at a 4 percent angle; not doing so will cost you down the road.

Using Drain Cleaner Excessively

Chemical drain cleaners are many peoples’ go-to option for getting rid of those stubborn clogs. Before you reach under your sink for Drano, know that the chemicals in these cleaners are capable of causing significant damage to your pipes. Plus, the fumes from the chemicals can come back up and create toxic air in your bathroom. Instead of harsh chemicals, opt for natural cleaners that utilize baking soda, hot water, vinegar or salt. In the case that you can’t remedy the clog on your own, it’s ideal to call our team at Classic Aire Care for professional assistance.

Not Turning Off the Water

Before you begin any plumbing project, make sure that you shut off the water in your home. Not doing so will cause “simple” projects to quickly snowball into something more serious. If you start your project with the water turned on, you’ll be scrambling to find the shut-off valve in a timely manner. It’s important to note that simply because you shut the water off doesn’t mean that existing water is cleared from your pipes. You can do so by running the faucets for a few seconds.

Nobody wants to exacerbate a small problem by attempting a DIY repair. When in doubt, please rely on our team at Classic Aire Care for your plumbing problems.

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