Stay Safe During Your DIY Plumbing Projects

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You may not think of home plumbing projects as particularly dangerous or hazardous to your health—but of course it’s important to exercise caution throughout any home repair project. Take it from our Vancouver plumbers, plumbing is certainly no exception.

Tackling a plumbing project without the proper foresight and prudence can not only cause damage to your home, but it can also put you at risk for serious injury. In fact, if it’s a project you simply do not feel confident about, it’s always best to call in the professionals.

Plumbing Safety 101

If you do attempt a home plumbing project all on your own, keep a few pointers in mind.

  • As with any home improvement project, it’s extremely risky to tackle a plumbing job when you’re tired, sick, distracted, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Don’t do any kind of work around the home unless you’re really in the right condition for it, both physically and mentally.
  • Be aware of standard plumbing safety codes in your area, and read the instructions and safety warnings that come with any plumbing products or appliances you buy. It never hurts to brush up on the agreed upon dos and don’ts of safe plumbing.
  • Avoid carrying tools in your pocket. That’s just an accident waiting to happen. Instead, get a tool belt or else carry your tools in a sturdy tool box.
  • If you’re dealing with any kind of gas appliance, see to it that you turn off the gas as quickly as possible. You don’t want to do any kind of plumbing work with a live gas line.
  • Use your tools and equipment only for their intended purpose—and if you don’t have the right tools, don’t start the project until you acquire them.
  • If at all possible, have an assistant with you to help out. An extra set of eyes and of hands will prove quite helpful.

Making Safety a Priority

By following these strategies, you can make safety a priority during your plumbing project. Again, the most important tip of all is to abstain from any projects you feel overwhelmed or under-prepared for it. If you’ve got a plumbing issue you need resolved, and think safety might be an issue, place a call to our Vancouver plumbing pros right away.

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