Top 5 DIY San Diego Plumbing Repair Mistakes
We are sure the 1980s’ MacGyver television show lead to at least a few of the crazy do-it-yourself contraptions we have see all over San Diego county. While it would be fun to fix common household problems on sheer wits alone, plumbers spend years apprenticing and thousands on the right tools for a reason. Truing pipes and installing water heaters can be an exact science, particularly as all materials get more and more technical with each passing year. Skillful San Diego plumbing repair takes training, experience and proper equipment.
I, MacGyver, Will Plumb This
Or . . . Considering the Temporary Patch Permanent
We have arrived at homes with two different sized pipes jimmied together, pipes wrapped with a fist-sized ball of duct tape and a water heater tilted precariously on two feet to prevent leaks. Being MacGyver feels good for a moment until the patch breaks down. If you have managed to stop a leak temporarily, we salute you. Just remember to get on the phone to get a professional in to finish the job so it stays off your to do list for years to come.
Using Mismatched Materials
Sure, copper pipe can be connected to galvanized, but only with the exact fitting. Home supply stores may have the appropriate materials, but will you remember to ask for exactly what you need? Also, professional plumbers have these specialized and often hard-to-find items on hand. The time a professional plumber saves the do-it-yourselfer can translate into hundreds of dollars.
Strange Plumbing in the Bathroom or Kitchen Addition
Homeowners determined to add bathrooms themselves understandably start by routing the plumbing the easiest way possible. The drawback here is that the bathroom may then end up in an inconvenient part of the house where the sounds of flushing and running water interrupt family activities. Getting an outside opinion from plumbers who have put new bathrooms into every style of San Diego home increase the odds that everyone in the family will be happy with the new addition.
Using Inappropriate Tools for Installations
While installing a toilet with wrenches on hand can work, getting exact placement is not guaranteed. After the installation, professional plumbers check their work with levels and measuring tools designed for the job. Most do-it-yourselfers skip this step, an oversight that leads to aggravating leaks. Plumbers spend lifetimes acquiring their tool collections so that their installations remain free from leaks for decades.
Staring a Project at the Last Second and then Rushing the Reassembly
We have been called into lots of San Diego homes to find the do-it-yourselfer of the house flummoxed on the bathroom floor with the toilet pulled out and tools and parts scattered over the floor. Typically, the spouse frantically tells us that their out of town guests are arriving within hours. The plumbing repair has been left to the last minute and reassembly is proving impossible. The homeowner does not have the proper tool to complete the fix or they purchased the wrong replacement part at the home supply store. Removing the toilet made sense. Getting it back together proved more challenging than expected.
Perry Plumbing: the San Diego Plumbing Repair Specialists
. . . And Friend to the Do-It-Yourselfer!
Serving San Diego for over 35 years, Perry Plumbing has seen every possible do-it-yourself project gone awry. We will get to your home or business day or night to get the hot water back on, the garbage disposal grinding and the toilet flushing again. Our 5-star reviews on Google Plus and Yelp! or contact us to make an appointment. See our San Diego plumbing repair discounts and specials on our website or call 619 472 2112 for details.