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We all love the feeling of fixing something ourselves without the help of an expert. But we also know the terrible feeling of making a simple task much worse. Dripping faucets, a leaking pipe beneath the sink, and the toilet that won’t stop running. These are some common plumbing problems we face on daily basis. And something a homeowner often tries to handle himself. Unfortunately, attempting to handle these tasks often leads to creating more problems.


A lot of people do their own plumbing work, either to save some bucks or because they have extra time to tinker around in the house. Well, if you have a lot of time in your hands especially because of this COVID-19 situation, there are other things you can try to fight your boredom with. Where there is something to be said about doing your own work, but these cost-effective strategies often lead to expensive maintenances. Knowing the pitfalls of doing your own plumbing and how to avoid them will help you better take care of your house.

Connecting Pipes


When copper pipes are made to touch with galvanised ones, corrosion happens. Many homeowners who do their own plumbing work are oblivious of this fact and more often than not repair their old galvanized pipes with the new copper pipes. If you have galvanized pipes and want to connect it with copper ones, you need a dielectric union. It is a joint that has a rubber washer and plastic sleeve that prevents the two pipes from touching each other.


Also, one of the most common mistakes that homeowners do is mismatching the pipes. You have a leak in your kitchen sink. You head to the home improvement store and purchase everything you need. The replacement pipe looks similar so you install it and everything looks great as it is supposed to. Until a week later you have a larger leak. Improper pipe fitting may work initially but eventually, you need the correct pipes and connections.

Forgetting to Shut Off The Water


Remember, whenever you are doing any plumbing work, shut off the water. Whether it is just maintenance or you are fixing something, it is better to face the hassle of shutting the water off than the inconvenience of causing a spill or leak all over the house.


That is why when you call in professionals, you will notice the first thing they do before they start work is shut off the water supply. In case, you have mistakenly aggravated a leak and want professional help, contact Emergency Plumber in Cheltenham. They will help in finding a solution.

Lack of a Proper Tool Kit


Today, the easiest way to learn to do anything is through youtube. It has everything you need to learn a skill but not the tools. Most homeowners when trying to do plumbing use youtube to try and solve a plumbing issue in their houses. More often than not, you realise that you don’t have the exact tools used in the video and try and emulate it with whatever you have in your hands.


This often leads to major damage. Using incorrect tools in your house’s plumbing can not only aggravate the issue but also could prove to be expensive. If you accidentally break or damage anything, it could be a huge headache.

Using Chemical Products


Most of us try and find the fastest way possible to solve a problem but that is not always the best. Often, homeowners pour chemicals down the drain in the hope that it will remove the clog. These chemicals are very powerful and could potentially be very problematic.


Firstly, it is not sure that the chemical will reach the clog and will be able to remove it. Secondly, these chemicals can be damaging to the pipes. So, while trying to unclog the pipes, you may end up further damaging them. Next time if you have a clogged pipe, don’t go for the chemical option, try to unclog it differently.

Overtightening The Connections


We can never be too sure, right? When it comes to fitting and connections you may think that tighter is better but that is not true. You may end up cracking the fitting while overtightening the pipe. Even with the toilet closet bolt, if you try and over tighten it, you may end up cracking the porcelain.


The worse part of it is that in most cases the damage is noticeable after some time. That means if you end up over-tightening,  you will only get to know about it days later when a leak starts flooding. There is no correct formula to tighten anything but when you feel it is secure enough, it is best not to try and tighten it any further.

Lauren Jensen

Lauren believes in one thing, live life to the fullest. She is a designer and art director residing in NYC. Her work majorly reflects the modern pop culture that is all around. She believes in holistic design solutions for refines living.