3 Preventable Plumbing Mistakes

In most instances, a full-blown plumbing disaster is avoidable. Although calling on professional plumbers to perform plumbing replacement and repairs is the most logical move, some homeowners opt to do the repairs themselves to save money. Unfortunately, seemingly harmless mistakes made during the process can result in costly repairs. If you are planning to work on your plumbing system yourself, here are some preventable mistakes.

Installing Inaccessible Clean-Outs

Regardless of how well your plumbing system is cared for, clogs can occur. When the drains are clogged, the clean-out can be accessed to help clear the waste and other debris from the drain. The clean-out is located beneath the flooring or some other location outside the home.

The clean-out needs to be accessible. If it is not, you will have trouble reaching the clean-out in the future. There are strict guidelines that dictate how far from the edge of your home the clean-out can be located. Review the local building codes in your area to find out the minimum requirements. You also need to test the distance by attempting to reach the clean-out before moving onto other areas of the plumbing.

Overtightening the Plumbing

Despite the material your plumbing pipes and fixtures are composed of, they are still vulnerable to extreme amounts of force. For instance, if you overtighten the handle of a faucet, you could strip its threads. The same could happen with pipes and couplings.

Although it might not seem as if the plumbing system will uphold usage if the connections are not tight, you need to avoid overtightening. If you reach the point that you must force the pieces to tighten further, you are likely overtightening them.

Forgetting the Drain Slope

Drains are designed to pull water and waste into the plumbing system and push it towards the city's main waste collection. Unfortunately, if the drains do not have the proper slope, the water and waste will not go anywhere. Eventually, it can start to build up and be pushed back into the drains. Therefore, it is important that the drain has pipes that slope from it at the right angle to force the water and waste to move.

As with the clean-out, there are building codes that dictate the slope of the drain. Once you have ensured your drain slope meets the requirements, test the slope before fully relying on it to whisk away water and waste.

To avoid many of the complications that can come with updating your plumbing system, hire a professional plumber.  

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