Jumping on the DIY bandwagon for home plumbing upgrades and repairs is great, but inexperience can cause problems. When projects go awry, don’t panic. Whatever it is, it can be fixed. All About Plumbing and Septic is the go-to company in the greater Asheville and Hendersonville, NC area for 24-hour plumbing service. Call them for more information!
Beware Mixing Pipes
Joining dissimilar plumbing metals, such as copper and steel, requires special connectors or you could have serious corrosion build-up, closing the pipes. Professional plumbers know what connectors to use to prevent this.
Construction materials such as joint compound from a wall repair can harden inside the drain and block it. You’re not going to be able to fix that with a drain snake or drain cleaners (which we don’t recommend anyway), and will need a pro come fix it for you. So safely dispose of construction debris by other means.
If you are adding a disposal to your kitchen sink and it connects to the dishwasher, remember to remove the knockout plug. If left in, the plug will block the water where the dishwasher connects and you’ll end up with water everywhere. If there’s no dishwasher, no problem, but to be on the safe side it’s best to call a pro to install the disposal.
It isn’t impossible to install a new electric water heater yourself, but don’t turn it on as soon as the pipes are attached. Give it time to fill up, and then run the water to let out the air bubbles first, or you can burn up the unit. Turn it on only after you’ve completed these steps, or you could be making an expensive mistake.
Putting it Back Together
When repairing kitchen or bathroom faucets, it’s a good idea to take a few pictures or written notes as you take apart plumbing components. It’ll help reassembly run smoother. Because faucets are all different, and some quite complicated, it’s probably a good idea to have a pro do it for you.
Doing home repairs yourself is a great way to save money, but because plumbing projects can quickly spin out of control, it might be best to call a plumbing and drain service instead. All About Plumbing and Septic is the Asheville and Hendersonville, NC area’s best company for 24-hour plumbing service. They will be there for you. Period. Call them today!