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20 Aug DIY Plumbing Mistakes

DIY Plumbing Mistakes

 Go Easy On Your Garbage Disposal

No doubt garbage disposals are one of the miracles of modern homes.  But despite the name, not all garbage belongs in the disposals.  Pineapple cores, watermelon, rinds, and uncooked pasta (remember, it expands) are common items that plumbers have to dig out to free the blades.  Other no-noes include: high-fiber foods, rice, grease, coffee grounds, fruit pits and seeds, eggshells, fish and chicken bones, and, of course, non-food items (watch that fork).  Use your disposal for liquids, soft foods, and chopped foods. Otherwise put it in the trash.

Garbage Disposals can get clogged with food if not careful

Lighten Up On Your Fixtures

Don’t put weight on plumbing fixtures. That means not hanging heavy shampoo racks from shower heads and avoid using the bathtub spout as a footrest. They aren’t made to bear weight and will snap off at the threads.

Use a Connector for Joining Different Metals

You can connect different types of metals—copper and steel, for instance—but to do so you need a proper coupling. Without coupling, the metals will corrode at the connection.  Connecting two different metals requires the use of a special dielectric union, which costs about $6. Dielectric unions separate the two metals with a rubber washer and plastic sleeve so they don’t touch each other and make a big difference.

Don’t Flush Foreign Objects Down the Toilet

For the last time, folks.  The only things that should be flushed down your toilet is your Charmin and your you-know-what. Plumbers recount everything from matchbox cars to tweezers to golf balls in the toilet.  Some plumbers blame Pixar. After the release of Monsters, Inc. (and then its sequel), plumbers saw a rise in kids throwing their toys in the toilet.

Plunging can make the problem worse by pushing the toy into the waste line. If the items get stuck in the trap, then the toilet has to be completely removed to retrieve them.  Needless to say, this is not cheap.

Be Gentle with Your Faucet

Pushing or pulling really hard on a faucet handle when you turn it off is not going to stop a leak or a chronic drip.  One of the most common things homeowners do is crank on it when it’s not working. Pushing too hard can break the handle without solving the leak or drip problem.

Stripping Threads

Good plumbing is not a test of strength. Pushing too hard on faucet handles and over-tightening plumbing components can cause them to leak or break.

Although it can happen in any part of the drain, common plastic and chrome materials are more susceptible and can have their threads stripped by too much tightening.

Remember How Things Go Together Before Taking Them Apart

Before you DIY your own plumbing problem remember what it looked like beforehand.  Take a picture.  This may seem like simple advice, but it’s a lifesaver whether you’re dealing with shower valves or drain pipes.  They come apart easily, but putting them back together can be more complicated than your kid’s last Lego set.

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