Some of the Most Common Plumbing Mistakes by Homeowners

Plumbing problems are among the top dilemmas that homeowners wish to avoid. However, at some point in time, it is likely that a problem will arise and it is likely that it will be caused by something you have done. The good news is that there are certain mistakes you can avoid making to prevent plumbing problems from arising.  Here are a few:

  • Not winterizing the pipes. A frozen pipe is a major problem in plumbing that can lead to flooding in the basement or lower level of the house. Frozen pipes are caused by water left in pipes that then freezes, expands, and makes the pipes swell and burst. With winter fast approaching, take the time to disconnect your outdoor plumbing to avoid frozen pipes.
  • Doing the job even if you are not 100 percent sure. It is always fun and less costly to do the job yourself when it comes to home repair and maintenance. However, going beyond what you actually know can cause further damage. For plumbing jobs, leave the tasks that you are unsure of to the professionals. Though you may need to shell out a few bucks, it will be money well-spent that prevents you from facing much greater expenses later on.
  • Working on mismatched materials. Pipes need to be properly sealed and this can be achieved only f materials exactly match each other. Just because a material and size are close to the one you need does not mean that’s a good reason to stick with it. You need to buy the exact size and materials for your pipes to avoid leaks and damages later on.
  • Not venting traps. Vents and taps are important in your plumbing system to ensure safety in your house. Vents are used to secure your plumbing from the waste and harmful elements in the sewage system. If you fail to secure these vents, then harmful elements can enter your home.
  • Fixing plumbing in a hurry. Repairs and maintenance should not be done in a hurry.  Thoroughness is important to ensure effectiveness. In plumbing, being in a hurry and only offering a temporary solution can cause greater problems later on.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors


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  1. #1 by Jeff Johnson on October 18, 2012 - 12:40 pm

    I totally agree with this post. We see simple mistakes turn into very expensive repairs. One of customers repaired his bathroom sink only to discover he had a drip that ran down the length of his drain pipe and into the wall where it slowly caused his drywall and framing to decay. Had to rebuild his wall.

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