Does the thought of calling in a professional plumber make you want to cringe? You are not alone, many people will let their plumbing problems get completely out of hand, just because they don’t want to call a plumber. If you would rather take the do it yourself (DIY) approach to plumbing, that’s okay, you will just want to make sure that you are successful. The following is a list of tips from our Fairview Heights plumber for successful do it yourself plumbing:

  • Get ready to get wet- No matter how meticulously careful you are, accidents happen, and if the accident happens while you are attempting to fix your plumbing, you will get wet. That is why you should never attempt a DIY repair in your favorite suit or leather shoes. 
  • Turn off the water- No matter what plumbing repair you are attempting, you should never get started without first turning off the main water line to your home! This will not only help to prevent you from getting wet, but it will also help to prevent expensive water damage in your home.
  • Cut once, measure twice- This rule doesn’t just apply to carpenters, it applies to plumbers as well! Before you cut any washers, pipes, or any other plumbing fittings, then you need to make sure that you thoroughly measure, not just once, but at least twice!
  • Ensure that you buy the right parts- When you need to buy replacement parts, take the old parts to the hardware store with you. This will ensure that you get the perfect sizes.

Even with these tips, there are some repairs that only a professional should make. Learn about when to contact the pros by reading our next blog.