Many homeowners and business owners alike, throughout Connecticut take pleasure in completing basic home improvement tasks. It can be very enticing to attempt to remedy any plumbing issues you may be experiencing in your residential home or commercial business yourself. You may be asking yourself, how difficult can this plumbing repair or installation really be? The most practical answer to that question would be that performing plumbing repair and maintenance can be an extremely arduous task. A small problem can tun into a very costly issue if the repair measures are not implemented in the correct fashion. It is possible that your repair may lead to additional costs and fees from failing home or business inspection standards, a broken pipe that could flood your home, or even an injury that can result in a lawsuit.
In most cases, you should consider hiring a trained and certified Connecticut plumbing professional who can perform the proper procedures, in a safe manner, and will finish the repair project up to specified plumbing codes. The plumbing professionals at Schede Plumbing and Heating have the experience and licenses to properly install and maintain plumbing equipment so that you get the job done right the first time, and save money from future potential damages.
We have compiled a list of common plumbing mistakes you should avoid, in order to maintain the plumbing of your home or business more effectively.
- Undertaking plumbing repair jobs without the proper tools and equipment. With the abundance of online tutorials available, more and more homeowners are attempting to take on repair projects, which they do not fully understand how to properly execute. Although these tutorials can be very informative and helpful in completing certain tasks, if you do not possess the correct tools for the job, your repairs can go horribly wrong and end up costing you more money down the line.
- Reassembling your plumbing components incorrectly. Once you have located your plumbing problem, and have disassembled the device which is need of repair, a common mistake by do-it-yourself repairers is not reassembling the device in the correct manner. This can be especially dangerous when working with shower valves or kitchen faucets because the clips located within these devices must be assembled in a certain manner, and many of the different brands of valves and faucets available are not assembled in the same order.
- Connecting different types of metals without the appropriate connector. It is not common knowledge among do-it-yourself home improvement practitioners that connecting contrasting types of metals within plumbing pipes, such as aluminum or steel, will require the applicable coupling. If you do not have the correct coupling in place, the metals will wither away at the connection location over time. Professional plumbers are aware that connecting the two separate types of metals will require utilizing a unique dielectric union, which is used to separate the two metals with a rubber washer to keep them from making contact.
- Over-usage of drain cleaner and usage in the wrong places. Clogged drains are often an inevitable part of owning a home or commercial property, and using a good drain cleaner will often remedy the problem. Although using a drain cleaner will be beneficial for the occasional clog, overuse of drain cleaner can cause potentially costly damage to your pipes.
The proper cleaning product should be utilized on the plumbing system for which it is intended for. For example, commercial cleaning products that are typically used to clean kitchen and bathroom sinks should not be used in toilets. Using a commercial cleaner to clean a toilet would potentially cause severe damage to the drain pipe.
- Performing plumbing repairs without the proper permits. Performing plumbing repairs yourself instead of hiring a professional Connecticut plumbing contractor who is not bonded, insured – and licensed, is a risk you may not want to take. Hire a certified plumbing professional, such as Schede Plumbing and Heating, who you know has earned the credentials of their trade and follows good business practices. You can rest assured that your plumbing repairs or installation project will be done right the first time.
You should also realize that building permits and codes are created to make sure that households and businesses are safe for customers and residents. Performing installations and repairs to your home or business without the proper permits or certifications could result in catastrophic mistakes that may go undetected for days, months or years. These illegal repairs and installations can also prove to be costly if you fail inspections.
Plumbing repair and installation mistakes are easy to make, but also easy to avoid. If you do not think that you have the knowledge or experience to repair a plumbing problem within your household or business, do not hesitate to contact the plumbing professionals at Schede Plumbing and Heating. Family owned and operated since 1922, Schede Plumbing & Heating has experience in providing the best residential and commercial plumbing services in Connecticut and New York. We make it our mission to allow you to live comfortably without having to worry about plumbing issues. From small bathroom problems to major pipe bursts, our Stamford, Connecticut residential and commercial plumbing services has a solution to all your plumbing requirements. Contact us today for a free consultation!