Whether you’re trying to save money or you enjoy taking on home improvement projects, you may find yourself drifting towards do-it-yourself (DIY) solutions. Some plumbing issues can be solved on your own or with the help of a friend. However, it’s important to proceed with caution!
Here are Service Plus Heating, Cooling & Plumbing’s top five DIY plumbing safety tips:
1. Wear protective gear
Before undertaking any DIY plumbing project, make sure you’ve got the right gear. For example, if you’re use a commercial drain cleaner, be sure to wear gloves, a mask and safety goggles. Otherwise, the corrosive chemicals could irritate your skin, lungs and eyes.
2. Know where your electrical runs
Water and electricity don’t mix. Avoid electric shock when performing DIY plumbing by familiarizing yourself with your home’s electrical.
3. Locate shut-off valves
Water shut-off valves are usually located in the basement. Figure out which valve controls which tap, and turn off the water for whatever project you’re working on. Don’t forget to find your main house shut-off as well.
4. Buy a complete tool box
It’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. Before you begin a DIY plumbing job, invest in a complete set of plumbing tools. Otherwise, you may try to use the wrong tool, and in turn you could hurt yourself.
5. Leave complicated tasks to the pros
Yes, DIY work can be rewarding. But if you’re in over your head, just leave it to the professionals. Better safe than sorry!
You can count on Service Plus Heating, Cooling & Plumbing for everything from leak detection to pipe repairs. We’re here to help! Dial (317) 434-2627 to schedule an appointment, and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips.