Sometimes, your plumbing will have a failure or a malfunction that is fairly benign and seems like something you can handle without calling a professional. This is a slippery slope, as your plumbing system is one big configuration of many different parts, but sometimes you feel confident that the repair is simple and you have the experience and tools to address it.
In any case, it is always important to keep yourself safe and protected when working on your plumbing. Here are some tips that you can follow to avoid injury while working on a home plumbing project or repair:
- Depending on the project, you might need to get into the plumbing system by cutting into the walls or the flooring. It is important that you don’t go in blind and that you research with the local building and plumbing municipalities about codes and regulations that must be adhered to. Also, during the research phase you can get a better idea about how much of the work you can do with confidence, and how much you need to hire out to a professional plumber.
- Wear safety goggles. Whether you are repairing a leak in the plumbing that is in your wall, or you are trying to unclog a drain you absolutely must wear safety goggles. The chances of being splashed in the face with bacteria-filled water are great when working on your plumbing system and your eyes must be protected.
- Be thoughtful. There are areas of your plumbing system where there is very little space and trying to access the pipes and fixtures can be difficult. Be thoughtful about how you are holding tools and how an injury might occur if your hand slips. Make sure the floor that you are standing on is dry and free from clutter or anything you might trip on. If you are using power tools that are plugged in, be very careful about water being nearby.
Successfully completely a home plumbing project can be very satisfying. Installing a new fixture in the bathroom to add to the elegance or, unclogged a kitchen drain are both equally dangerous and should be approached with caution. Make sure to follow these simple safety tips to protect yourself, and don’t hesitate to contact a professional if the job gets to be too big.