3 Most Dangerous Household Plumbing Mistakes
While there are many plumbing projects homeowners can easily accomplish without professional help, several should not be attempted because they can be quite dangerous.
Too many times a homeowner will take on a plumbing project because it seems simple on the surface, only to later find that this project can have seriously dangerous consequences.
Before considering any of these three most dangerous household plumbing mistakes, call a licensed professional plumber for help.
Overusing Chemical Drain Cleaners
The first thing that many homeowners do at the first sign of a clog is to pour some liquid drain cleaners down the drain.
Although they are advertised to quickly eliminate the clog and restore the flow of water, overusing these products comes with many dangerous results. Continued usage will deteriorate the strength of the pipes, causing them to age prematurely.
The fumes of those chemicals are toxic, and if the clog is not cleared, a toxic plume fills the interior air of the home, toxic the small pets and children.
Consistent clogs in the pipes is an indication of a more serious problem, one that a professional plumbing company can restore safely and efficiently.
Extending Hot Water Pipes
Whether you are renovating a kitchen or moving a hot water heater, there will come time when you need to cut and extend the hot water pipes in order to restore the flow of water. This is not a job that should be left to those without the proper training.
This is not a simply cut and connect project, the cutting of copper pipes and reconnecting them involves using a blow torch. Unless you have adequate welding experience, you run the risk of not making a sealed connection and causing a serious leak in your home behind the walls when completed.
Joining Mismatched Pipes
Joining two different pipes might not seem like a serious issue to the average weekend warrior, but ask a professional plumber about all the serious dangers this mistake can cause.
If you’re attempting to join a copper pipe to a galvanized pipe without the use of a dielectric union, the union will leak in the near future.
Leaks behind walls or in warmer locations can lead to deadly black mold growth. Never attempt to connect two mismatched pipes.
Your local plumbing professional can help connect these pipes in a safe manner that will not result in any leaks.