How to Avoid the 3 Most Dangerous Plumbing Mistakes
Most homeowner’s don’t give much thought to their plumbing systems until something goes wrong. And when something goes wrong, many people are tempted to try to fix the problem themselves in an attempt to save money.
This is often a mistake. Many plumbing problems may appear to be simple to fix, but in reality, they are not. In fact, many homeowners make mistakes that can be dangerous when attempting to fix their own plumbing problems.
While it’s commendable for a homeowner to attempt to do certain plumbing jobs, other plumbing jobs should be left to a professional plumber.
Hot Water Heater Replacement
When a hot water heater goes bad, many homeowners are tempted to try to install a new one themselves to save money. For an inexperienced homeowner, this can prove to be a dangerous mistake. Hot water heaters use either gas or electricity to produce hot water. When you are installing a new hot water heater, you have to deal with gas or electrical lines.
Improperly connected gas lines can leak and cause carbon monoxide poisoning that can cause serious injury or even death to the residents of the house. Furthermore, a leaky gas line can cause an explosion and fire that can be devastating to people and property. Improperly connected electric wires on an electric water heater pose a fire hazzard that can be life threatening. Do not attempt this type of repair unless you really know what you are doing; just call a professional plumber.
Fix Clogged Drains with a Liquid Drain Cleaner
Everyone has at some time used a redily available chemical drain cleaner to try to clear a clogged up drain. In many cases, this can be a dangerous mistake. Chemical drain cleaners, by their very nature, contain chemicals that can be harmful to your plumbing system.
Many homeowners use these chemical drain cleaners without realizing that these poweful chemicals can cause their plumbing pipes to errode and deteriorate.
Even worse, these chemical drain cleaners can pose a hazard to your own health if the dangerous fumes that they emit are inhaled, or if you accidently get some of the liquid in your eyes or on your skin.
Don’t use chemical drain cleaners; they are only a temporary fix. It is smarter tom call a professional. A professional plumber has the skills and equipment to fix you drain properly.
Replacing Water Lines
When you get a water line leak, it may look like it is an easy fix, but it usually is not. It takes a lot of hard work to remove and replace old galvanized steel or copper water lines.
These water lines are under pressure and may burst and leak water if they are not properly installed.
Obviously, water leaking into your home can cause extensive property damage that is very expensive to repair.
Replacing water lines is a job that is beyond the abilities of most homeowners. Unless you are confident in your abilities, call a professional plumber to do this type of work.
Don’t get mixed up in a serious plumbing issue in your Stanfordville home. Call Empire Plumbing Service at (845) 868- today, and have the professionals clean up that mess.