DIY Plumbing Safety Basics

Taking on home improvement projects often drifts towards to do-it-yourself solutions. While fixing things around your home will provide you with a sense of accomplishment, it is potentially dangerous especially when you are not qualified for the job. If you are considering a DIY plumbing project, you can follow some basic safety rules to ensure that your plumbing project goes as smoothly and safely as possible. Follow these do’s and don’t’s irrespective of the nature of your project.

Know what you are getting into: Before you start on any plumbing project you need to conduct research that will make you aware of necessary building and plumbing codes and whether your plumbing project will require a permit. Recognize you limits and know what work will require a professional.
Get informed: Read all instructions on your tools and how to use them. Watch videos and read tutorials on how to use the tools correctly.
Have a helper on hand: Have a capable nearby to help you complete your project or in case anything goes wrong. Don’t work alone! An extra hand can be very beneficial in lifting heavy objects and as an emergency contact.
Have protective gear for your eyes, hands and respiratory system: Eyes are highly sensitive. Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from any potential damage or minor nuisances such as small objects, water or any harmful chemicals. Wear thick or waterproof gloves to protect your hands from chemicals and a number of other different materials during your project. Use specially designed gloves while working with a drain machine to protect you from steel inside it. Wear a safety mask to protect your lungs when working with chemicals or sewer drains. The mask will also prevent dust particles from reaching your lungs.

Carry out a project without the right tools: Starting off without the right tools can leave you stranded and unable to deal with any emergency situations that may arise during your project. For any DIY project make sure you are prepared with the right tools at hand.
Carry out any work involving gas: For a typical DIY project, any work that involves gas can be very risky. If you smell a gas leakage, shut off your home supply and immediately call the gas company immediately.
Ignore safety codes: Safety codes exist to protect you, your household and the general public. Do not ignore them.
Bite off more than you can chew: Only take up a project that you can accomplish comfortably. If a project proves difficult, seek professional help to avoid more damages.

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