Fixing a leaky faucet or clearing a backed-up garbage disposal on your own is rewarding - we get it. You may think you have it all figured out, but there are proper ways to fix something you may not be aware of if you're not a licensed professional.
Here are four mistakes that will make you give your Santa Cruz, California, Roto-Rooter professional a call:
Placing too much weight on your showerhead
If you share a shower with a good amount of people, chances are there are a lot of hair products and body wash in there. If you have a shampoo rack hanging over your showerhead, be careful with how many items you place on it. Overloading the fixture with heavy bottles will cause the showerhead to snap at the weakest part of the its piping: the threads. You're left with a hole in your wall, a broken pipe and probably some corrosion. Do yourself a favor and nix the DIY method this time and call a plumber. He or she will be able to fix it correctly without further damaging the wall.
Turning the water heater on too early
Are you excited to use that new electric water heater? If you're a little bit too excited, you might consider turning it on before it is ready - not so smart. Even when it's all hooked up and the pipes are intact, the heater cannot be turned on until it is completely filled with water. If you turn it on too soon, it can burn up and cause an explosion. This is a common mistake that you would definitely need to call your plumber for . . . and probably a firefighter, too.
Stripping the threads
Save the muscle for the gym because fixing a plumbing issue is not a test of your strength. If you use too much force, you might over-tighten the threaded plumbing connections, which can cause a leak - or even worse, a broken pipe. Be sure to go easy on those plastic or chrome fixtures, as their threads are more susceptible to striping.
Making the wrong connection
If you aren't properly trained on the different metal-piping options, you can cause a chemical reaction called dielectric corrosion. This is done by connecting pipes with different types of metals - like copper and steel - without the proper coupling. You need a dielectric union connector to combine two different types of metals. The special connector provides a barrier so corrosion doesn't occur where the two metals meet. If this task is not adequately performed, you're left with buildup that eventually leads to a clogged pipe.
If you find yourself knee deep in one of these mistakes, call your local Santa Cruz Roto-Rooter professional. We’d be glad to help!
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