Doing your own repairs and maintenance for your home’s plumbing can save you money and make you feel accomplished. However, one small mistake can turn an “uh-oh” into an expensive and disastrous mess. Before you take on a DIY plumbing project, there are some things you should know.
Locate Shut-off Valves
If you decide to start a plumbing project without knowing where the water shut-off valve is then you’re playing with fire. One twist in the wrong direction or one broken piece could send water gushing out of the pipe into your home. Prior to tackling a repair or piece of maintenance, locate your main shut-off valve and shut the water off. It’s always better to turn it off before starting any repair.
Know the Ins & Outs
Doing research is an important part of do-it-yourself projects. Knowing how your plumbing works and which piece does what will help you fully understand the problem that you’re trying to correct. Go online and study up on your plumbing facts and then proceed to do exploratory research of your home’s plumbing system. Know thy enemy before going to war!
If you start a plumbing project without the right set of tools then you’ll be stuck with an unfinished project and no running water. Make sure you are fully equipped with a full set of tools before attempting any repairs. What’s the sense in trying to fix something without the means to actually do it?
DIY plumbing can help you keep your home in working order, but you better know your stuff! When the plumbing project is far above what you’re capable of doing, contact the plumbers at Tri-City Appliance, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.