Cutting costs by taking on “Do-It-Yourself” projects is something we all have to do from time to time, especially around the holidays. Before taking on that leaking pipe or running toilet yourself, it’s important to make sure you take the proper precautions and give the issue as much thought and preparation as possible. Without the proper planning you could end up spending more by having to repair a repair.
No matter what, leaks happen. There are no short cuts in correcting them. There are no magic sprays, tapes or powders that will stop a leak permanently, regardless of what the TV says. If you have a leak and want to fix it, you need to use the proper materials and the correct procedures. You need to use copper on copper and plastic with plastic.
There is no logic when it comes to plumbing sizes. A sink faucet supply hose is a different diameter than a toilet supply hose. A kitchen sink supply line will not work for a bathroom supply line. Also, your toilet can have three different distances from the wall, and there are countless different toilet flappers and faucet washer sizes. Usually the best guarantee to getting the correct part is to take it with you when you purchase the new one.
Usually a good salesperson can tell you what parts you will need, you can help them help you by bringing in your parts. If that isn’t possible, take a picture to show them. There is nothing worse than having to run to the supply store several times, just to get a ten-cent washer. Bee and Jay Plumbing can recommend a reputable supply company in your area. Trusting your supply company is just as important as trusting your plumber.
If you are taking on the challenge of your own plumbing repairs, make sure you have the right tools, supplies and parts before you start your job. More importantly, if a Do-It-Yourself repair seems overwhelming and you don’t know where to start, call Bee and Jay to assess the situation. The holidays are right around the corner. Bee and Jay won’t let a minor plumbing repair steal presents from under your tree.