Plumbing Misconceptions That Homeowners Should Know About
There are endless DIY plumbing fixes online. There are so many that some people think: “Why hire a plumber? I can make repairs myself.” Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Many misconceptions about plumbing systems come with these videos, some of which can lead to costly mistakes.
Here, one can learn what they should avoid when evaluating, using, or seeking repairs for their plumbing system. They should think twice about the following:
Using Drain Cleaners to Get Rid of Clogs
On their labels, drain cleaners promise the world. They claim to rid plumbing systems of rust, corrosion, hair, and food residue. Many homeowners swear by these products. They say: “I’ve been using over-the-counter drain cleaners for years, and I’ve ever had any problems.”
The issue is that these products only serve as a band-aid for major problems. Drain cleaners don’t stop food residue from getting down the drain. It doesn’t prevent problems from happening again, either. If anything, drain cleaners can literally “eat away” at a drain pipe, making it more prone to leaks, being frozen, and other concerns.
When a professional assesses a clog, they’ll likely employ a drain snake or another specialized tool to remove the obstruction. They can also advise homeowners on other plumbing services that could benefit their situation.
Failing to Schedule Water Heater Maintenance Visits
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that all homeowners should annually consult with a plumbing specialist. These visits give a plumber the opportunity to:
- Inspect one’s plumbing system
- Recommend appliance replacement as necessary
- Explain what measures could avoid future problems
- Patch any leaks
- Address any mold or mildew growth
- Insulate pipes against the winter cold
While homeowners can employ many methods to keep their water heaters healthy, some things are best left in the hands of trained professionals. Annually working with a plumbing expert could mean the difference between a smoothly-run plumbing system and the inconvenience of unexpected problems.
Undertaking DIY Repairs
Right now, YouTube has dozens of videos online, all claiming one thing: easy plumbing solutions that don’t need a professional training. Yet, as noted, some things are best left to the experts. For instance, most people don’t have the expertise to handle water heater repairs. They don’t have the insight to recognize certain problems, either.
By undertaking DIY repairs, a layman risks:
- Causing additional damage
- Making repairs that don’t comply with county regulations
- Spending more time than necessary on a seemingly minor issue
- Incorrectly using specialized tools
- Wasting money on purchasing equipment they’ll use once
Amateur plumbers also risk endangering their health by undertaking certain repairs. Some of these risks include:
- Breathing in mold and mildew spores
- Causing a carbon monoxide leak
- Injuring their hands, fingers, and arms
- Suffering traumatic brain injuries from falls
- Getting stuck in-between crawl spaces
If homeowners question their ability to take on complicated repairs, they should consult a plumbing repair company.
About Apple Valley Plumbing Company
Greg Kranz, the founder of Apple Valley Plumbing Company, knows firsthand what it’s like to deal with an unexpected plumbing problem. That’s why his family-owned and operated business offers around-the-clock plumbing help to those living in Apple Valley, Minnesota. Today, customers can take advantage of discounted services and same-day plumbing services. For more information on what plumbing mistakes homeowners can avoid in the new year, they can call today to learn more.