The advent of the internet has taken over almost every second thing. The most famous ones are the DIY tutorials online. Although, it’s a great thing that it makes people capable of doing things on their own whereas, in the contradict side it can lead to mess as well especially in the tasks where professionals are meant to handle the same.
People installing a gas hot water heater themselves seems a great idea until it reaches a mess. Nevertheless, there are many people who have succeeded in it but the rate is quite low compared to the one’s who didn’t. There are many types of pipes, fittings, glue and other tools, besides knowing which one to use at the accurate place is knowledge which a professional plumber has. DIY is a great thing but it’s better to avoid mistakes. Here’s how to stop the top ten plumbing blunders while installing hot water heater and complete the job correctly:
Using the Wrong Tape
To work properly the Teflon tape should be wrapped clockwise around the threads. However, people wrap it backwards, causing the tape to unwind from the threads as the fitting is tightened. Since thread tape can’t seal unless it’s embedded in the threads, this kills the intent of using it.
Not using proper tools:
Since they always have the right equipment, plumbers make the job appear easy. Most people always try to get by with the resources they have on hand. That’s when things start to go horribly wrong.
Forgetting to turn off the water
Another misconception is that people simply turn on the water and replace the valve. It doesn’t work that way. You’ll have maximum water pressure flooding the space and leaking down to the lower floors if you can’t connect the new valve or faucet. Why risk your money in damage when shutting off the main water supply valve takes just a few extra minutes?
No spare parts:
When it comes to faucet repairs, people purchase only a cartridge or washer which is a big mistake. However, if the washer or cartridge is worn, other faucet pieces are likely to be worn as well. You’ll probably end up with a leaky faucet if you don’t repair the stem cap, gasket, and O-rings when removing the washer or cartridge. This will necessitate a second trip to the hardware store, as well as another faucet disassembly and reassembly. Since those extra parts are inexpensive, make it a rule to buy them all at once and rebuild the faucet rather than only replacing one.
Using Too Much Muscle On a Stuck Shut Off Valve
When sink and toilet shutoff valves are not used for an extended period of time, they appear to seize. Don’t assume that applying more muscle will fix the issue if you can’t turn the knob by hand. Not only will the knob be broken off, but the valve stem could also be broken off at the same time. The stem packaging seal has welded itself to the valve stem, making it impossible for it to move. The solution to repairing it is to loosen the stem nut just enough to sever the bond and turn the knob with an adjustable wrench. When you’re done, tighten the stem nut and double-check for leaks.
Rather than experimenting so much and taking multiple risks at a time, it is highly advised to call a plumber or contact a good plumbing company. Professionals are trained to take care of the entire situation perfectly.