DIY Disasters: Plumbing

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We all know how tempting it can be to try and fix a disaster yourself. It’s a quick simple solution and it’ll save you some money, you think to yourself. But is that always true? Well, not necessarily. The truth is that most of us out there aren’t expert on DIY disasters, and that’s especially the case with plumbing. Here’s some DIY disasters to do with plumbing that’ll hopefully make you laugh, and also realise that sometimes it’s best just to sit back and let a professional take care of things!flooded kitchen

Not knowing how to turn off the shut off valves: You’d be surprised at how many people don’t know how to do this. It can be the difference between a tiny leak that splashes a few blobs of water on the floor, and a huge leak that leaves all of your bathroom products floating. We can imagine which scenario you’d prefer!

Not having the right tools: You’ve reassured your family you know what you’re doing, you’re down on your hands and knees feeling confident about the task at hand, and as you reach for the pipe wrench you realise that… Oh, wait. You don’t actually own a pipe wrench. Check you have everything you need if you are going to try and fix anything!plumbing

Be careful about putting in fixtures: If you’re not sure about how much water pressure your house can handle, then please don’t go crazy by putting in fixtures all over the place. Imagine the annoyance at having spent ages putting one in only to get in the shower to foolishly realise that no water is coming out of it, or attempting to do the washing up with thin air.

Don’t overestimate duct tape: So many people seem to think that by sticking a bit of duct tape over a leaking pipe, that everything is solved. It might last for a few hours, but when you wake up in the morning to your entire kitchen ruined, you’ll be thanking us for warning you.

Plumbing can be tricky business, and it doesn’t mean you’re a failure if you can’t fix something which you think seems simple. It could even end up costing you more than if you’d just called up an expert in the first place. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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