Not every job calls for the skill and expertise of a master plumber - there are some small plumbing projects most homeowners can tackle in a short amount of time if you have the right tools. However, your small plumbing project can quickly turn into a nightmare where you need to call in the experts for a major repair if you’re not careful. So, before you get ready to take on that small leak or that shoddy hvac system you’ve got on your hands take a read below to make sure you’re not falling into any of these rookie plumbing traps:
Dealing With Chrome
Any time you are dealing with chrome fixtures or faucets, you need to worry about the teeth on pliers and wrenches. These tools can easily take the finish off of these fixtures and leave them with scrape marks.
Use a strap wrench instead of your traditional wrench so that you don’t ruin your fixtures.
Working With Old Piping
Need to work on your old steam radiator or a pipe coming up through the floor? You can actually change the shape of older pipes from circular to oblong if you apply too much pressure on your pipe wrench.
To avoid this problem, make sure the wrench contacts the pipe in three places, the top and bottom jaws as well as at the back of the wrench.
Choosing The Wrong Screws
Take note of the exact size of the screw you need before you begin any work. If you use a screw that’s too long, they might poke through the floor or the ceiling above, or the other side of the wall!Don’t trust yourself to tackle plumbing projects on your own? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! That’s where the experts at Hero come in - we’re here to help whenever you need us.