If you think you know everything about plumbing, there are still bits and pieces of facts (and tips) you’re missing out on. Plumbing in its simplicity is a connection of pipes that are used to hold water and ensure that it moves in and out of homes properly. Seasoned plumbers would usually know their way around these pipes, however, it is inevitable to miss at least one or two mistakes. Therefore, you might want to pay attention to these plumbing mistakes that you might not be aware you’re applying on a day-to-day basis.
Don’t forget to turn the main water line off.
We know you are eager to get going on that bathroom project. But you should never start a plumbing project before turning off the main water line to your home. (The location of your main water line valve depends on where you live and whether you are on city water or a well). The disastrous potential consequences? Flooding! Avoid the troublesome and expensive cleanup by doing this quick-and-easy task first thing before starting anything.
Don’t over-tighten the pipes.
It might seem like the right thing to do at the moment when a leak presents itself. However, this is not always the best solution. We’re not saying that completely tightening your plumbing connections won’t ever solve your situation. In totality, it does and it is the rightful thing to do. However, overdoing it might cause more harm than good. Why? Simply because it will cause your fittings to split or even rupture.
And when that happens, you might be dealing with an even bigger problem than a leak. Our suggestion? Make sure that the fitting is snug but not tight. You can adjust the pipings by hand and then further add adjustments if it’s still leaking.
Don’t forget to put traps on drains.
Yes, it does make everything convenient especially when retrieving things. But it also holds other purposes. Not only do you no longer need to worry that your precious (small) valuables might get stuck in the pipes never to be seen again, but these traps can also prevent your sinks from clogging.
Another function of these traps is that it prevents odors from sewer gasses from entering your home. Most homeowners think that these traps are only for blocking purposes but, they hold more purposes than that.
Pay attention to showerheads.
Is it going to cause leaks? Is it going to affect the piping system or something? There might be a lot of questions popping into your head right now but the simple answer for this is that it might only cause a minor inconvenience for you every time you step into the shower. And to prevent this minor inconvenience from happening, you might want to read through.
Just so you know, shower placements are never unsystematic. There’s actually a standard height for showerheads. All showerheads must be 80 inches up from the drain. This will also depend on how tall the people in your house are. As for the taller folks, they can have their showerheads measures so that they won’t be bumping into them in the dark.
Also, observe your shower pans.
The little pool that you make every time you take a shower might not be the cause of poor drainage, but it might be your shower pans. You see, shower pans have slopes so that water can properly drain whenever you shower. In such cases that these shower pans do not have the right angle, then the water will tend to pool up. Additionally, when all that water pools up, it also tends to get unsanitary.
Remember, those little floods are dirty water and they can cause molds. So if your shower keeps pooling and it’s not because of the drainage, then you might want to get that shower pan looked at.
Learn from your plumbing mistakes.
Always take notes. The plumbing situation that you’re currently facing won’t be your last and there’s bound to be more in the future. Therefore, it’s also wise to learn and know how to familiarize yourself with the ropes. So that when it happens in the future, you’ll know what to do. However, if the plumbing is really not your game, you could always contact a professional to help you out!