Thursday, March 17, 2016

5 Common Mistakes That Most DIY Plumbers Make

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 As professional Yakima WA plumbers, we understand your enthusiasm for DIY plumbing. In fact, minor repairs like replacing a faucet, unclogging a pipe, replacing broken toilet levers, etc can be done without professional help. The problem starts when you become over enthusiastic about getting things done by yourselves. It’s good if you are keen on accepting challenges, but make sure you avoid these common mistakes:

  • Joining mismatched materials:

 When different metals come in contact (in the presence of an electrolyte), one of the metals corrodes quickly- this is basic chemistry. In your Do-It-Yourself enthusiasm, it is quite possible that you may forget this. Corrosion makes your pipe brittle and prone to breakage. Use the same metal if you can, or, consider using dielectric unions that acts as a barrier between the two materials. Joining 2 separate metals (ferrous and non-ferrous) is fine, but a combination of a metals with a dissimilar metal in-between the 2 is a bad idea as it will cause premature corrosion to your plumbing pipes.

  • Doing things in a hurry:

 What may seem as an easy 5 minute job can become ugly if you aren’t focused or rushing through things. Common mistakes like forgetting to shut off the water valve, over tightening (and not tightening it enough) plumbing components, etc. are common consequences of things that go wrong when you are in a hurry.

  • Leaving things midway because it seems good enough to go:

 It is alright to fix things temporarily until the plumber comes. The problem starts when you forget to call your local plumber, or when you forget that yours was a temporary arrangement. Using glue to fix leaky pipes is a common example. 

  • Ignoring the local plumbing codes and standards:

 The plumbing codes are there for a reason. They help to make your life easy. A botched up DIY job can leave you with problems that cannot be managed by a plumber. Severe water leakage can cause structural damage and cost thousands of dollars in repairs. Since you have contributed to the problem, insurance companies will refuse to bail you out. And at the end of it all, you’ll be fined for working without the proper permits when required.

  • Dismantling things and forgetting how to place them back:

 This is a far more common issue we encounter in our local Yakima community than you think and it  especially occurs when you are in a hurry. If you have to disassemble a component, make sure you take pictures while doing it, or make a note of the process. Also, keep the instruction manual handy for reference. 
 We’re happy that you like to help yourself, but remember, a little learning can be a dangerous thing. And remember, you can always call a local plumber beforehand to get a little advice or in our case at 24 Hour Rooter of Yakima we may be able to come take a quick look at your plumbing endeavor before you start and give you some free advice.

Call  24 Rooter at: (509) 985-2407 
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Thursday, March 10, 2016

DIY or Professional Plumber - Whom To Hire?

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  • From fixing leaky faucets to patching holes in a dry wall, ‘the smart home owner’ is expected to know how to fix repairs in the house. While we’re alright with (and even encourage) DIY enthusiasts tackling minor issues, some things that are best left to professional care. Here’s a quick comparison to help you consider whether you should hire a professional or opt to do it yourself:

  • DIY 
  • Minor DIY projects like installing new faucets, fixing broken toilet levers, unclogging drains, etc. are fairly simple- you don’t need a professional plumber for these tasks. Since labor charges form a major component of plumbing budgets, it helps to learn how to fix small clogs and leaks. You will have to spend money on materials and equipment, but the cost of these would still be less than what you pay a professional plumber. And if you are the ‘smart home owner’, we discussed earlier, you would surely have basic plumbing tools like pliers, cutters and wrench readily available.  

  • Calling a Professional:
  • An overenthusiastic DIY-er is likely to add to the problem rather than solve it. Indeed, as most professional plumbers would concur, some common plumbing problems are a result of botched up DIY efforts. Professional plumbers are aware of the latest codes and standards, have access to the best equipment and techniques, and have the necessary experience to carry out complex jobs. They can help you detect leaks/mold otherwise not visible to the naked eye. Typical jobs that are best left to professional care include repairing water heaters, replacing toilet hardware, repairing internal plumbing issues, cleaning or repairing sewer line and drain problems, and much more

  • When To Call A Professional Plumber:
  • If you are a DIY enthusiast, here are a few tips to remember:
  • A botched up DIY job may cost you more than what you would pay for the services of a professional plumber- assess if the project is within your skill range. 
  • Make sure you know the basics of plumbing. It is important to know how to shut the main water off, information about the different tools, and understanding how your plumbing system at home works.
  • Keep the instruction manual handy or make a note when you take things apart. We’ve lost count of the phone calls from enthusiastic DIY'ers who have taken apart fixtures, but are unable to fix them back. 

Contact us Today - For any of your plumbing and drain issues.
Our Yakima Plumbers are ready to help.
24 Rooter of Yakima
(509) 985-2407

Friday, March 4, 2016

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This coupon never expires. However, it won't be in circulation very long. We usually run these promotions for about 30 days and then it is removed. So take advantage now by downloading to your phone and feel free to share with friends and family.