With so many renovation shows airing on TV, more and more people are starting to think that renovating your home is a piece of cake. While that may seem true in the beginning, it could turn out to be harder than you’ve imagined. Renovating a home on your own takes a lot of skill and energy, and that’s not something all DIYers have.
Of course, some projects are easy to handle – small tasks like repainting your walls or replacing cabinet knobs – but some, such as fixing plumbing issues, are more challenging.
If you’re planning on fixing any plumbing issues yourself, here are some of the most common mistakes you should try to avoid.
Not knowing what you’re doing
This is probably the biggest problem every layperson has when trying to do any renovating. Instead of being absolutely sure they know what needs to be done, they rush things and try to improvise as they go. That may work once or twice, but it’s not a general rule you should follow.
Fixing your plumbing issues isn’t like repainting your walls, which is why you need to spend some time learning about the problems you have and why they occur in the first place. For instance, if your dishwasher is not draining properly, be sure to find out some of the most common problems that can occur and how you can fix those first.
Start working through those possible issues and only after you have exhausted those possibilities you should think about moving on to plumbing problems.
Not having enough spare parts
Whether you’re fixing your sink or your water valve, you have to make sure you have enough spare parts before you start! This is a common problem with all DIYers, but while it might not be such a big deal when plastering walls or installing vinyl siding, having no spare parts when fixing a leak could turn out to be disastrous.
Keep in mind that all plumbing jobs have to be done as soon as possible and with as few mistakes as possible, and wasting your time on spare parts isn’t something you want to do. That’s why you might want to talk to someone with more experience first and make a list of all the parts you’re going to need. From a new faucet to poly washers – these parts may be tiny and cheap but are still crucial when you’re knee-deep in water.
Not being detail-oriented
Another problem many DIYers have is not being patient – they want to see the results of their work ASAP. This may be possible with some home repairs, but not with plumbing. The reason for that is quite simple: you need to allow your repairs some time to dry before you can use your sinks, toilets, faucets, and other things you might be fixing.
Being detail-oriented also means finally fixing all those small leaks that have been bothering you for some time. These projects are usually not that hard to take care of, but are boring and could take a while. But, these simple things – unclogging your bathroom sink, for example, or fixing a leaky faucet – will take your bathroom and your kitchen to a whole new level, and make a major difference in your life.
Not insisting on the visual appeal
When it comes to home repairs, one of the differences between the work done by professionals and DIYers is the aesthetic appeal. Only the former know how to make things look good on top of making sure they work properly. So, if you’re fixing a plumbing issue in your home, be sure to pay attention to the aesthetic appeal as well.
Most people choose functionality over design, but insisting on both of these things is always the best solution. For instance, if you’re fixing a leaky faucet, you have to learn how to pick a model that will look amazing and function perfectly, especially if you want to turn your sink into the focal point of your kitchen or bathroom.
Before you start any DIY plumbing project, you should ask yourself two simple questions: do you know what you’re doing, and are you sure if you want to do it on your own? If you answer ‘yes’ to both questions, you’re ready to do a great job and avoid any possible problem that might come your way! If no, home maintenance and repair help is just a tap away.
Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work on Plainhelp.