Plunger the Dog reporting in with some good advice about how to avoid do-it-yourself (DIY) plumbing mistakes. We’ve all wanted to fix that leaky faucet or unclog the drain ourselves, saving us money and the hassle of calling a professional. However, one silly misstep, and us DIY-plumbers could cause more problems than we want—and that we’re prepared to handle.
Rather than find yourself sleeping out in the doghouse because of a DIY-plumbing project gone wrong, learn from my DIY-plumbing mistakes.
- Dialing up the drain cleaner. I know we’ve all heard it, but please, please, please resist using that stinky drain cleaner. It rarely, if ever, does a complete job of cleaning your drain, and it can corrode your pipes. Talk about a lose-lose. Opt for a plunger or plumbing snake instead. If the pesky clog still won’t budge, call a professional plumber.
- Neglecting to turn off the water. Who doesn’t love running through sprinklers? Take it from me, they are much more fun outside than in your kitchen. Even if it’s just a small, simple fix, turn off the water. There’s no need to deal with a flood in your bathroom in addition to a toilet that’s on the fritz.
- Going for an s-trap rather than a p-trap. In addition to being against plumbing codes in most places, s-traps have the potential of leaving you with unwanted vermin and sewer stenches. S-traps don’t always provide a water barrier and can let in these unwanted items. Pick the p-trap. Or, when in doubt, consult a plumber.
- Ignoring local plumbing codes. Unfortunately, ignorance is not a justifiable excuse to bypass local plumbing codes. Check with your city and state before you end up with a plumbing situation that could be against code and harm your home (codes are in place to make sure you’re safe).
- Failing to ask for help. There’s a time and place to persevere and trudge onward. When you are stuck in the middle of a DIY-plumbing project gone wrong is not one of them. Toss in the DIY-ego and call a professional plumber.