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3 Common DIY Plumbing Mistakes

Posted on September 21st, 2015

We at Plumbing Medic recognize that some simple plumbing tasks can be tackled without the help of a professional. In fact, we encourage our customers to take on relatively easy projects on their own!

But that’s not to say every plumbing issue can be managed by the average homeowner. We’ve rounded up a few of the most common do-it-yourself (DIY) plumbing mistakes to avoid:

1. Mismatching pipes

If you need to connect dissimilar types of metals in your plumbing pipes, be sure you have the appropriate connector. “Without it the metals can quickly corrode at the connection, which is called dielectric corrosion,” warns Popular Mechanics. A buildup of corrosion can eventually block the pipe altogether.

2. Improper sloping

When installing new plumbing, it’s important to get the slope just right. Inadequate sloping won’t drain properly, and a high slope could leave solids behind — leading to clogs down the road. Aim for 1/4 inch slope per foot for best results.

3. Using the wrong plunger

Yes, minor clogs can sometimes be cleared using a plunger. But the most common and recognizable plunger — the cup plunger — is actually not meant for toilets at all. Look for a flange plunger, which features an extended rubber tip designed specifically for the porcelain throne.

Successful DIY plumbing is possible — just be wary of these common mistakes. Refer to Plumbing Medic’s website and YouTube videos for tips and how-tos!

If you have a plumbing problem that you don’t want to tackle, we’re available 24/7, 365 days a year! Give us a call today:

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