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4 Plumbing Mistakes You May Be Making! ( And How to Avoid Them )

Being stuck at home due to Coronavirus here in Stuart or anywhere in Martin, St. Lucie or Palm Beach County may inspire you to try to handle a lot of plumbing problems on your own. When it comes to plumbing issues, you might try to DIY before calling in a professional. While this could work occasionally, sometimes, we end up making the problem bigger than it initially was.

In order to save your money and time, here are some plumbing mistakes to avoid.

1. Overdoing the Cranking

Everyone says it’s better to be safe than sorry, but over tightening the toilet bolts ( supply tubes, pipe and fittings ) is actually a huge mistake and a mistake many ‘do it yourselfers’ make. Although it’s common to crank one too many times, it actually does more harm than good. You’ll cause a crack in the galvanized or black pipe. More often than not, an overtightened plastic fitting on a faucet or toilet tube can cause breaks and leakage as well.

When it comes to plumbing services in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie County, a regular sight for plumbers is a pipe that has mysteriously developed a leak. It’s because the abrasive chemicals used in drain cleaners will break down your pipes, especially galvanized ones

2. Using Drain Cleaners

This is by far the most commonly made mistake. Of course, drain cleaners will send your problems down the drain, literally, but they won’t stay down there. Although drain cleaners are effective, which is why you’ll be tempted to use them, they are corrosive and can ruin the pipes behind the scenes. Here’s a plumber’s tip from Call Cooke’s if you do want to try using a drain cleaner.

The scary thing about overtightened bolts is that the damaged mat does not show till later. Over time, the crack will spread, causing a leak that could escalate into flooding. Remember—it doesn’t take as much pressure to tighten a bolt as you think.

3. Using the Wrong Combination of Pipes

Have you ever tried to resolve an issue for the short-term but made it worse for the future? That’s what happens when you use the wrong combination of pipes while doing your own plumbing.

Ask any professional performing plumbing services in Palm Beach County and you’ll be surprised at how many people fix galvanized pipes with newer, copper pipes. Without a dielectric union to connect the two different kinds of pipes, you’re setting them up for corrosion. While they will hold for a while, you will need to call in a professional to save your pipes.

4. Not Calling in a Professional

While there are hundreds of online videos on how you can try to take care of your plumbing problems on your own, sometimes, it’s better to call in a professional. Trained plumbers are experts in identifying underlying issues and getting down to the core of your plumbing woes.

When you quickly patch up a leak or use chemical cleaners, you are putting your troubles away temporarily. However, one wrong move, like a crooked installation or the wrong use of materials, can cause serious complications.

Final Words

The longer you put off getting in touch with a trained, licensed and insured professional, the more your plumbing woes will build up. At Cooke’s Plumbing and Septic Services, we have a 24/7 emergency service and are always on call to be at your service.

Apart from plumbing, if you’re looking for septic services in Martin or Palm Beach County, we follow proper CDC protocol and will take care of all your septic and plumbing emergencies.