With a few special tools and elbow grease you can fix most household plumbing issues and even update plumbing fixtures. You won’t have to do extensive physical labor. Even so, you must know the differences between the various types of pipes, fittings and glues because that’s one area where DIYers frequently make mistakes. Here are some plumbing do’s and don’ts to help you get the job done right.


1- DO Have Plumbing Leaks Fixed Immediately

In some instances, ignoring a leaking plumbing feature or dismissing the signs that you have a hidden plumbing leak (such as unusually high water bills) can lead to far worse problems such as mold or mildew, or a burst plumbing pipe.

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2- DO Keep Solid Fats Out of Drains

At room temperature, many fats become solid. Even though bacon grease is liquid right now, it can easily cause clogs once it cools. It’s best to either store the grease for later use or simply dispose of it if you don’t have a specialized compost that can handle fats.

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3- DO Have the Right Tools for the Job

A simple plumbing problem can have serious consequences for your pipes if something goes wrong. Because of this, it is so important to have and use the right tools for even minor updates. Instead of improvising solutions, do your research first to learn how to do the job.

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4- DO Regularly Check the Temperature Setting of Your Water Heater

You should check your water heater’s temperature regularly – most models should be set between 120 and 140 degrees. By running the burner at lower temperatures, you save energy and prolong the lifespan of the appliance.

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1- DON’T DIY Without Experience

Maybe you’re feeling inclined to update your living space’s plumbing fixtures (or a few) to make it more modern. Nevertheless, if you have not made plumbing repairs or improvements in the past, you should leave this to the professionals.

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2- DON’T Put Everything in the Garbage Disposal

Vegetables with a high fibre content can clog the works and damage the motor. Some foods that can get caught in the blades include onions, eggshells, celery, and peels. You also have to worry about foods that expand or that can’t be broken up well by the garbage disposal.


3- DON’T Over Tighten Plumbing Connections

When it comes to fittings and connections, tighten them only as far as you can with your hand. This helps prevent breaking bolts, cracking pipes or porcelain, and stripping screws.


4- DON’T Hesitate to Call Us

Our licensed plumbers, state-of-the-art materials, and commitment to getting things right the first time set PR Plumbing apart. Whether you have questions on the plumbing basics or need a major repair, we’re here for you. Call us today at (905) 429-9622 or contact us online.

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