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- By James Wisler
- Plumbing Tips
It’s very common for most people to think of plumbing as a very simple system. There are drainpipes that take the water away and water pipes that bring water to fixtures. How hard can it be, right? Actually, plumbing can be a very complicated system. It definitely has risks that a lot of people don’t think about.
One of the worst situations that any homeowner will face is a major flood or water damage in their home. Anything that the water touches (drywall, wood, floors, etc.) will be damaged and have to be torn out. If plumbing isn’t installed correctly or proper materials aren’t used, you’re facing the very real risk of water damage.
If you’re a homeowner and you’re thinking about working on your plumbing system, first ask yourself the following question: Do you know what you’re doing? Don’t ever assume anything, because what may seem very easy can quickly turn into a nightmare. If you’re hiring someone to do the plumbing, make sure that they are competent and they aren’t just a handyman. Hire an actual plumber who’s qualified to do the job.
Next, make sure that you buy good quality materials. A lot of times we try to save a dime only to end up being forced to spend a dollar later. There are many different types of materials, connections, and pipes. There are also variances in fixtures, pipings, and fittings. Sure, it might hold together when you first put it together. But if the job is done improperly, it could come apart and cause a flood.
As an example of how materials make a big difference, a plastic line in an ice maker is nowhere near as good as a stainless steel line. Plastic lines are sold for ice makers every day, but if you haven’t ever seen one of them split, you would never know the difference in quality.
Please make sure that you understand the risks involved with a poor installation in your plumbing system. Give respect to the plumbing system so you won’t make false assumptions about those risks.
If you’re a homeowner who wants to know if there’s a risk in your plumbing system, we would be happy to perform an overall inspection. That way you’ll be certain about the current risk (or maybe everything will turn out great). Either way, having a professional take a look at it is definitely advantageous. Contact us online today or give us a call at (540) 483-9382.