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Common Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid

We’ve been in the plumbing business for a long time, and as such we’ve seen a lot of plumbing projects and plumbing repairs gone wrong. We’d like to take some time to help you ensure your next plumbing project goes off without a hitch; so here are some mistakes to avoid when performing plumbing repairs in your home or business.

Mistakes to Avoid When Performing Plumbing Repairs

Have the New Part In-hand Before Starting

Before you begin your plumbing repair or replacement project, be sure that you have your new part in-hand. While this may seem obvious, we commonly get calls late at night because someone has taken apart their shower to see what part they need and can’t get it back together. This is because a lot of fixtures have seals and once the fixture is removed it cannot be re-sealed without the proper supplies.

Starting Your Project Without Back-Up

Be sure you have a back-up lined up just in cause your DIY repair doesn’t go as planned. Don’t do plumbing repairs at 8:00pm at night unless you are sure you know what you’re doing; or you can be without that portion of your home’s plumbing for a while. Plumbing supply stores aren’t open late a night, and most Maryland residential plumbers will charge you extra for an emergency call.

Prevent Scratches with a Rag

This is a simple, yet commonly overlooked, professional touch you should remember when making your own plumbing repairs. Bring a simply rag with you when replacing or repairing plumbing fixtures. Use this rag to protect the fixture as you use a wrench to avoid having the wrench cause any damaging and unsightly scratches.

Overstating Your Own Skills

If you have the ability to perform your own plumbing repairs, that’s great, it’s a good skill to have. That said, be sure you do not overestimate your own skills or knowledge when it comes to plumbing. Of all the systems in your home, few can do as much damage as your plumbing. A busted pipe or incorrectly calibrated plumbing system can wreck havoc in your home and cause thousands of dollars in damage. This can be easily avoided, and money saved, by simply calling in a professional Maryland plumber.

If your DIY plumbing project goes awry call in the professional plumbing services of Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating. We have the experience to help you fix any residential or commercial plumbing problems quickly and efficiently. For more information on our Maryland plumbing service, give us a call at 410-781-6791 or fill out the form on our website, today!

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