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Plumbing: Do It Yourself Mistakes

When a do it yourself project sounds like a great idea because it can save you hundreds of dollars, it is not always that easy. Knowing how to do something and thinking you know are two very different things, one of which is erroneous thinking and will lead to financial disaster in many instances. It’s okay to want to save money to the degree that you actually will, but many do it yourselfers learn the hard way that assuming you know how to do something can end up costing hundreds of dollars you didn’t have to spend if you had just called in the professional Ottawa plumbers to do it for you. Let’s look at some of the most common issues that arise in do it yourself attempts.

  1. Making connections improperly.

The most common thing professional Ottawa plumbers see when an issue with plumbing arises is connections that have been made incorrectly. Bringing together copper and galvanized steel pipes requires the use of a coupling if one is going to avoid corroded equipment in the future. Special unions called dielectric unions keep metals apart to make sure they do not contact one another and prevent corrosion. 

  1. Issues that occur when attempting to unclog the drain.

It is not uncommon for a homeowner to attempt to fix a clogged drain. However, there are many ways of clearing a clog and it depends on the equipment and drain type as well as the type of blockage one is dealing with, and some equipment can actually damage bathroom fixtures. For instance, a snake can be used to get rid of a blockage inside a pipe but it can simultaneously destroy a toilet’s bowl. What’s more, some homeowners turn to a chemical clog remover before even talking to a pro: This is not recommended as the chemical can end up eating away at the existing pipes.

  1. Accessing the wrong trap when trying to fix plumbing issues.

There have been times when homeowners have had a remodel done and have selected the S-trap as a sink drain and if this is not vented the way it should be, it can actually let some fairly dangerous gases into your house and atmosphere. A pro from Ottawa can help ensure you have a P-trap that is vented the way it should be from the sink drain line.  An expert has the know-how and tools to do the job correctly.

  1. You accidently forget to shut off the running water or the main water line into the house.

Many homeowners get so caught up in what they need to do to make a repair that they forget to prep the work area before they begin.  Turning off the water main going into the home and the water shut off valves is crucial if you are going to prevent water damage from happening to your home.  Once water damage happens, it is pretty costly to repair.

  1. You install the equipment incorrectly.

If you attempt to put in a new toilet by yourself, you could run into problems if you are not working with the appropriate tools. If you do not do the installation correctly, you can wind up with out of place water or a leak that will cost you hundreds to repair the water damage it produces.  It is better to pay a bit extra out of pocket to have the initial install done correctly than it is to increase potential costs down the road due to self-imposed expenses from costly repairs.  Get in touch with an Ottawa plumbing professional like those found at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services today!

Give us a call today: 613-791-5777 for a free upfront estimate!

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