5 Plumbing Do It Yourself (diy) Tips to Keep You Safe

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When selling your existing home, you probably thought about the plumbing at least a little: was it sturdy enough to pass home inspections for the new buyers? You might even have been asked to fix something minor that you can do yourself.

If you are doing it yourself, remember that risks can sneak up on you, even when you are just repairing a clogged drain. Professional and amateur plumbers alike have to think about safety on the job.

The following do it yourself (diy) tips will keep things safer for you as you work, but they are just an overview. If you do a lot of plumbing work, make sure you keep informed about current requirements by checking with your local planning department.

Stay informed

Be aware of the codes in the area where you are working, and always read the instructions for all the tools, parts, and chemicals you use. Be sure you are prepared for the procedures required in an emergency.

Wear eye and hand protection.

Gloves may be something obvious, but hazards to the eyes are something people rarely think about when considering plumbing. Any number of small things can fly into your eyes when snaking a drain, sawing, hammering, or even just looking up under a sink.

Take Care with Electricity

Turn off the water and be doubly cautious when using power tools. Use power tools that are rated for use in wet areas, or work away from the plumbing to do your cutting and drilling. If you are working on metal pipes, call a professional if you feel any tingling when you touch the pipe as this can be a sign of electricity in places it shouldn’t be.

Stay Alert in Confined Spaces

Confined spaces make dangerous areas. Follow proper procedures for confined spaces, and avoid areas that are deficient in oxygen: byproducts of sewage as it decomposes, in particular hydrogen sulfide, can grow and become suffocating. Use air monitors to remain in the safe zone.

Work with Help

Make sure you have a helper or runner who can get things for you, give you an extra hand when needed to brace a pipe, and who can call for emergency services if something goes wrong.

These tips are a good start, especially for the amateur who just needs to fix a clog at his work site. But be aware that plumbing is licensed for a reason: many safety codes exist to keep both the plumber and his customer safe. Keep your own limitations in mind, and don’t be afraid to call a professional if a job seems just a little big, or gets out of hand.

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Michelle Manter Giglietti

Owner~Realtor at Manter Realty Group of Keller Williams
Top Producing Realtor and recognized blogger. In her free time you can hear her screaming fore at the local golf course,or catch her at home enjoying fresh cooking and a glass of wine with her husband and favorite 6 pound Morkie named Pedro.
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