How to avoid dangerous outcomes playing the plumber

How to avoid dangerous outcomes playing the plumber

With the dawn of YouTube and Pinterest, most of us have tried and failed at a DIY project or two (or 27). Regardless of our past “nailed it” moments, we’re nevertheless tempted to take DIY to a new level when we think it’ll save us serious cash—plumbing problems – Αποφράξεις Καλλιθέας – included.

OK, maybe you haven’t made that mistake, but plenty of your Athens neighbours have and we’d love to help you avoid doing the same. Here are some of the worst plumbing mistakes DIYers make.

Using Drainage Line Cleaners to remove the Blockage

 This is one of the most common mistake people make while plumbing at home because this is the simplest way to unblock a blockage (apofraxeis) because all you need to do is just pour the Cleaner into the pipes instead of removing all the p-traps and pipes, etc. and there are many problems caused by Drainage line cleaners for example;

  • The drain trap arm you will remove will be full of corrosive liquid if the cleaner fails to remove the drainage.
  • Cleaner damages the metallic pipes and traps when used excessively and unnecessarily which leads to a leakage later.
  • Another cause of leakage due to Drainage line cleaners is that it damages the rubber gaskets in coupling. 

Pouring Grease and Oils down Your Drain

Many people pour down the grease left from their meals in the sink which is never recommended because grease is the major cause of blockage in your sink. People think that rinsing the sink or drain with boiling water may clear everything, but it never clears all. Solidified grease remains there.  


Trying welding pipes at home

This a very common mistake people often make thinking that everything can dine at home by just watching any tutorial on YouTube or reading an article on it well this may be the case in many things but welding is not one of them. Sometimes there is a joint which needs welding to be sealed or else may cause leakage and in such case what you should do is contact a licensed welder. Because unlicensed welders are also a problem nowadays for example in local Sydney welding market number of cases of unlicensed welders was reported and they may be fatal for you too so be aware and don’t try to weld at home.

Flushing material in your flush

 Many people know that flushing any material is not a good idea and it may damage the pipes or block them and may cause problems for you later because people think of bathroom pipes as they are large enough to get anything passed through them but that is not the case and it is only a 3-inch pipe. This is three inches pipe is the piping where the entire house drains into.

Proper spacing in toilets

People often design a bathroom too small for anyone to move around because they think that bathroom doesn’t need that much space well that is not the case. When there is a problem in your bathroom for example a blockage, etc. you need a bathroom big enough so you can move freely around the sink or toilet and locate the problem.

Lack of Planning

Whether it’s an easy project that’s been on your to-do list for months or a large-scale bathroom renovation, you need to spend sufficient time in the planning phase. And there are a lot of factors to consider. For example:

  • Too many fixtures can lead to low water pressure.
  • Not enough space between the toilet and the bathtub creates some uncomfortable situations or Twister-worthy contortions.
  • Taking something apart without paying attention to how all the pieces fit together can lead to a frustrating jigsaw puzzle on the back end of your project. (Pro planning tip: Take a picture before you start disassembling anything.)


Undetermined Work

Sometimes your local government needs to be involved in your planning! Failing to obtain the proper permits for your fix-it adventures can devalue your home and lead to hefty fines. (And weren’t you trying to save money?) Permits help keep your family and your neighbours safe by allowing local building officials to oversee your home improvement projects. If you’re using a contractor, insist they pull permits, too. Cutting corners rarely cuts costs in the long run.

Wrong Tools

So, you wouldn’t try to nail a screw right? (Well, maybe you would, but most people wouldn’t.) Using the wrong tool for a job can cause frustration, at best—and serious damage, at worst. Most plumbing jobs require basic tools like a plumber’s wrench, basin wrench, and plumber’s snake. Hand augers—long, stiff cables to remove clogs—are also a helpful tool. It’s important to do your research before adding these tools to your collection though, because there are various types of augers and snakes for different fixtures. Another pro tip: Some equipment is better rented than owned. Research and rent accordingly, so you get the most for your dollar.

Mismatched Pipes

Many DIYers don’t know what kind of pipes they have, and they end up mixing galvanized and modern copper pipes. This leads to corrosion, leaks, and expensive future repairs. Matching the materials between existing and replacement pipes is necessary for a successful fix-it project. Researching what kind of pipe you need to replace and any needed connections is a good place to start. And don’t try to just “make it work” with tape, silicone, or other sealants. (Pipe corrosion doesn’t care what kind of tape you have.)

Over-Tightening Connections

While you may want to show off your Hercules-like strength, making a tighter connection doesn’t prevent a leaky pipe. It actually creates them. Damaged fittings, broken plastic washers, stripped threads, and cracked fittings create these leaks rather quickly. Save your strength for opening those pesky pickle jars! Begin with hand-tightening your connections, then making small turns just until the connection is secure.


Forgetting to Shut-Off the Water

Before attempting your plumbing projectΑποφράξεις Αντωνίου Καλλιθέας, turn off the water! Skipping this step could result in a surprise indoor swimming pool—and some major water damage. Turn off the water at the local shut off valve or to your entire house via the water main. It’s not a bad idea to drain the pipes, too. Flush water down the drain for a few seconds or give the toilet a final flush to ensure you won’t need floaties in your kitchen or bathroom.

Too Much Drain Cleaner

We know drain cleaner seems like a quick fix for the standing water in your shower. But overusing drain cleaner can severely damage your pipes. Instead of chemicals, try a more natural, less expensive solution: vinegar and baking soda. Or get your hands on a plunger or drain snake. A clean (and non-corroded) drain is a happy drain!

Refusing to Admit Defeat

If you find yourself in over your head, give us a call. We have the knowledge, skills, licenses, tools, and experience to handle your DIY disasters. We’d been Los Angeles’ preferred plumber for years, and we’d love to serve you, too! 

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