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Avoid These DIY Disasters

Halloween may be just around the corner, but you do not have to turn your home into a house of horrors with a bungled DIY job. While some plumbing repairs can be handled by a novice, there are many tasks that require professional expertise.

Here’s what could happen if you’re ill-equipped to take on a challenging plumbing project.

Flooding

If you want to see just how bad things can get, leave your water on during a plumbing repair. Many homeowners have tried replacing a section of their pipes without remembering to turn off the main water line first. No matter how large or small your repairs are, the first thing to do is shut off the water before you attempt any work.

As a general rule, it’s good to know where the main shutoff valve is anyway, even if you don’t plan on doing any repairs yourself. That way if you have an emergency, say, a burst pipe, you can cut the water.

You Took It Apart But Can’t Put It Back Together

One of the most common problems with DIY repair jobs is remembering how to put things back together. There are still going to be moments where you forget which connector goes where. To make sure you do not end up with a plumbing puzzle, take photos of everything you do as you disconnect fittings. This will be a handy reference.

You Over-Tightened The Fittings

Another common problem involves over-tightening plumbing fittings. While you want a tight seal, it is actually possible to make a seal too tight. If you over-tighten the fittings, you will strip the threads. Because of this, you should generally tighten the fittings first by hand then lightly tighten with a wrench.

You Violated The Code

If you don’t know the residential plumbing code in your state, you could end up doing more harm than good. Codes regulate venting, drainage, water pressure, and fittings, among many other things crucial to the performance of your plumbing system and your health. If your plumbing does not comply with regulations, it could jeopardize the sale of your home.

You Could Put Your Health at Risk

Exposure to gas, sewage, electricity, lead, mercury and asbestos, and mold are all occupational hazards that only professional plumbers are prepared to handle. They’ve gone through extensive training and certification programs to stay safe on the job.

Just Hire a Pro

We understand the desire to save money, but a failed DIY job will cost you more in the long run. Hiring a pro will ensure the problem is fixed right the first time. Plus, you’ve spared yourself the hassle of making repeated runs to the hardware store to get the right fittings and tools.

Believe us. We’ve responded to numerous calls where we’ve not only had to repair the initial plumbing problem but fix all the mistakes the homeowner made along the way -- we’re talking cracked toilets, broken faucets, explosive leaks and tangled mazes of pipes. These repairs ultimately cost the customers much more. What would be a $200 bill can be $600 or more.

In the end, it’s just not worth it.

Bottom line: Call EZ Plumbing at (818) 900-2778 and will fix it right the first time. We’re available 24/7 for emergency service and all of our technicians are certified, licensed, bonded and insured.