If you have a minor plumbing issue in your home, then the temptation is to try and solve it on your own with your tools and home remedies.
If you are DIY enthusiast, then hiring a tradesman of any kind is usually your last port of call, if all your own techniques fail.
Here are some of the most common mistakes to make when attempting to fix plumbing problems on your own:
1. You do not have the right tools
Most turn to their toolbox when faced with a plumbing problem. It is highly likely, unless you are a plumber, that you do not have the proper tools for the job.
If you do not have the right tools, do not try and solve the problem haphazardly with the tools you have. Seek the advice and help of a certified local London plumber.
2. Tightening pipes too much or in the wrong way
When you go to tighten a loose pipe connection or fitting, your tendency will be to err on the side of caution to avoid future leaks. This can often result in over-tightening these fittings, and this can cause severe issues.
Contrary to your intentions, over-tightening can actually cause the nut to slip out of place, or cause the fitting to split and cause a worse leak.
If you have a leak, call a plumber who will be able to solve the problem properly to avoid future and more serious damage caused by leaky pipes.
If you have a clogged drain, the easy and quick solution for many is to use a shop-bought chemical unblocker. This is not the best option at all.
It is far better to unclog the drain using a plumber’s snake, a drainpipe cleaning tool or a plunger.
Chemicals in these kinds of unblockers are very harmful to the environment and can actually cause corrosion in your pipes and fittings because they are so strong.
4. Trying to mend leaks with tape or at-home methods
Some less experienced DIYers tend to try to fix a loose pipe or leak with a kind of thread tape. This is an ineffective solution if the tape is not put on or placed properly.
The joint will still leak if you put tape around it, so it is best to hire a plumber to fix your leaks properly with the right tools and tape. See more.
5. Not replacing the chemical inhibitor after bleeding your radiators
Central heating inhibitor is a liquid which needs to be put in your heating system to keep it functional.
If you forget to replace the inhibitor, then a thick brownish sludge can form in the pipes of your radiator which puts pressure on your heating and boiler system.
The inhibitor will stop this, so ensure that if you bleed your radiators, then you should put the chemical inhibitor in once drained.
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