We all know that a great way to stay safe when working on a home improvement project is to ask for help when you need it. This gives you the support that you need to get passed a difficult part in the project, without you incurring injury or, causing damage to your home.
But, there are additional safety tips every home owner should follow when working on a home improvement project – specifically, a project involving their plumbing system.
The portion of your plumbing system that bring clean water to your fixtures and appliances is specially pressurized and free of contaminates. The portion of your plumbing system that carries waste and used water away is full of bacteria and raw sewage and must be contained at all times. In both cases, the systems are very sensitive and any disruption could cause significant damage to your home and serious injury to you.
Here are some tips that you can follow when you are working on a plumbing system project:
- Electricity and water are a deadly combination. Yet, there are many places in your home where electricity and water are in very close proximity to one another working together to help you do various tasks. When working on your plumbing system, it is essential that you know where your electrical system runs so that you can avoid injury.
- Use the right tool for the job. Ask friends, check websites and books, do thorough research so that you know exactly the steps that you should take to complete your project, and then make sure that you have the right tools for the job. Using a tool in a way other than it was intended to be used will cause injury.
- Know where your shut-off valves are. If for some reason your plumbing project goes wrong, you can significantly reduce the amount of water damage done to your home by knowing where the shut-off valves are. Whether it is the main shut-off valve that turns off all water to the house or, just the valve for the specific fixture you are working on, stopping the water will stop the damage.
Make sure to follow these simple safety tips any time that you are working on a plumbing project around your house. And, never hesitate to contact a professional if the job seems like it is too big – this will save you the most money in the long-run.