During the last phase of plumbing aka the “finish plumbing phase”, all fixtures such as sinks, toilets, showers, and all appliances are installed. It is vital that these fixtures and appliances are installed properly and safely by trained plumbers.
Here are just a couple of risks DIYers make during the finishing phase:
1. Overtightening Connections
2. Not Having the Proper Tools
3. Mixing Up Wyes, Tees, & Elbows
Overtightening fittings and toilet bolts is a big DIYers mistake. If you pull too hard on the couplings, tees, elbows, or bolts, you risk cracking the fitting or bolt. By using excessive force, the fitting can crack later on causing flooding before you even know it, which could result in hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in damage. If you overtighten a toilet bolt at the floor or between the fowl and tank, you run the risk of cracking the porcelain and ruining the toilet all together.
Not Having the Proper Tools
Our plumbers have the right tools to install finishing fixtures and appliances. DIYers often do not have these pricey tools laying around at home and instead try to make-do with the basic tools they do have. For example, if a homeowner tried to remove a galvanized nipple with a traditional, ordinary pipe wrench it could break the pipe since the DIYers didn’t have the proper internal pipe wrench to do the job.
Mixing up Wyes, Tees, & Elbows
Our trained plumbers know which fittings to use in each situation, which avoids code violations and unwanted smells. Do you ever ignore a speeding ticket? No. Therefore the same goes for abiding to code when it comes to plumbing. A code violation is cause for failed inspection. Since a DIYer is usually uneducated as to what is up to code when installing fittings, this can lead to a lot of problems and wasted time and money. Different situations call for either a wye, a tee, or an elbow and it is crucial to know when to use each fitting to avoid problems. Call in the professionals to avoid these headaches.