Conducting your own plumbing repairs can be a viable means of saving money, but DIY home water pipe repairs should only be attempted if you're confident in your abilities and have experience with plumbing repairs in the past. Even if you do decide to take on your own water pipe repair, there are a few disastrous and costly mistakes you'll want to be careful to avoid.
Not Having the Right Tools
Before you get started on your repair, carefully consider which specific tools you'll need to get the job done correctly. Then, take inventory of your supplies and make sure you have every single tool you need before you start; there's nothing worse than getting halfway through your repair job and realizing you don't have the right pipe clamp or wrench. Some common tools you may need when performing your plumbing repair include:
- hex wrenches
- metal files
- pipe and basin wrenches
Oh, and never try to substitute tools or parts. The results won't be pretty.
Overlooking Signs of a More Serious Problem
It's easy to misdiagnose a water pipe issue at your home. However, there are some commonly overlooked signs of more serious plumbing problems that you can take note of before you decide to attempt your own repair, such as:
- clogs that seem to come back quickly and repeatedly
- decreasing water pressure or poor water flow in a faucet
- recurring pools of water or persistent moisture in a given space
Unfortunately, these are often signs of much more serious plumbing problems around the house--ones that'll need to be carefully diagnosed and treated by a professional plumber like ACC Drain & Sewer. Any repairs you attempt yourself will likely only provide a short-term solution, or, in a worst-case scenario, could even make things worse.
Forgetting to Shut Off Your Water Supply
Finally, don't make the silly mistake of forgetting to shut off your home's water supply before you begin sawing through and disconnecting pipes. This is especially true if you're working on a water heater; failure to shut off and drain the system could result in serious accident or injury from scalding water remaining in the system.
Dealing with water pipe problems at your home is never fun, but it's important to realize when it's time to call out a professional rather than risking the repair yourself. If you're ever in doubt, be sure to contact a local plumbing company to get the job done right.