Welcome to part two in our series of posts on common mistakes that the DIY plumber makes. As Nashville’s trusted plumbing company, we get a lot of calls from customers who have attempted DIY plumbing repairs only to end up with no solution at all — and sometimes making the problem even worse! 

That’s why we wanted to put together a couple of blog posts that would help you avoid these issues and get started off on the right foot when it comes to doing your own plumbing repairs. As Nashville’s plumber of choice, our primary concern is always to maintain the integrity of your systems and save you from greater problems down the road.

If you haven’t read part one yet, we recommend doing that first since it lays the foundation and covers the most fundamental issues. Now without further ado, here are some more common plumbing mistakes to avoid at all costs.

Not Having The Right Tools

One of the things every professional plumber has ingrained in them from the beginning is never underestimating the importance of having the right tools on hand. Trying to remove components without the right tools may strip your threads and damage pipes. 

Starting off with a proper set of pipe wrenches is a great start. But you’ll always want to invest in electrician’s tape, tube cutters, and wire brushes. 

Misunderstanding The Anatomy Of Your Plumbing

Not only do you need to have the right tools to make the repair, but you also have to have the right parts. Your plumbing fixtures are actually made up of quite a few components, and failing to replace them all when taking apart piping can actually lead to more headaches and issues. 

For example, failing to install an o-ring, stem, or gasket when you’re replacing a cartridge or washer will likely cause a leak. 

Make sure you understand everything that goes into your repair beforehand and be sure to purchase a fair amount of spare parts from the beginning to save yourself multiple trips to the store and multiple disassembling attempts.

Not Putting The Right Amount Of Slope In Your Pipes

Sloping is one of the biggest areas where DIYers get it wrong, often assuming that the more slope you put on your piping, the better off you are.

In fact, the optimal sloping of pipes is ¼ of an inch for every foot of pipe. This will ensure that liquids and solids move down the piping as they should.

Still Stuck? Plumbing Solutions Is Here To Help!

We trust you’ll find these posts helpful in dealing with some of the plumbing issues that have popped up around your home or commercial property. At the very least, they should help save you some major headaches and make the decision as to whether or not you should call in a trained professional.

And while DIY may be appropriate for some smaller repairs, a professional plumber is always recommended for large scale plumbing jobs like new sewer line installation or replacing your water pipes.

So whether DIY isn’t working for you, or you’re just facing a problem that’s simply too big to handle, our professional team is available 24/7 to tackle all your plumbing issues. 

Thanks again for reading!