7 Plumbing Mistakes


Plumbing mistakes are easy to make, but it will be very hard to come over once it's made. Whether it's a drip in the dishwasher or bathroom sink or a slow leak from the water heater then it must be resolved as soon as possible. These small problems can be solved by homeowners and save money rather than calling a professional. But, if left unnoticed you may have to face huge damage and spend a lot of money. 

Here are the 7 common plumbing mistakes 

Don't flush things down the toilet that you shouldn't

You shouldn't try to flush things down the toilet like toys or other odd items because they may stuck in between the drain line and lead to severe damage. It not only causes a clog but also requires the removal of the entire toilet just to reach it.

Using Too Much Drain Cleaner

Drain cleaners will get rid of drain clogs and residue build-up but too much usage of these products will cause a potential risk. Commercial drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals which break up a clog and if you overuse them, they can start draining the walls of the plumbing system. 

Using the Wrong Tools

Plumbers use special tools to do their plumbing work. In case a wrong tool is used for repairing the plumbing system then it can make working with plumbing more difficult.  A poorly chosen tool could even break the pipe or lead to pipes being installed incorrectly.

Connecting Copper Pipes to Galvanized Plumbing

The water flow between the copper pipe and galvanized pipes will cause corrosion, leading to leaks or clogs. The best way to connect a copper pipe to galvanized pipe is to use a dielectric fitting to prevent corrosion.

Overtightening the Connections

Does tighter is better when it comes to pipes and fittings? Absolutely, not! Overtightening a galvanized pipe, elbow, or coupling may crack the fitting. Overtightening the toilet closet bolt will crack the porcelain and create a mess. If the connection is tight already then don't make it even tighter.

Failure to Turn Off the Water

Most homeowners forget to turn the water off, this will drip down to the floors beneath. Before any plumbing project, check whether the main water shut-off valve is off to prevent huge damage.

Fixing Plumbing Issues on Your Own

Some plumbing issues can be handled on our own, but the serious plumbing problems should be fixed by a professional otherwise it may require the entire system to be changed.