While you may not be able to do large repairs and maintenance to your home’s plumbing system, you can definitely call a professional plumbing service to have them attended to. However, as a homeowner, it is a necessity for you to be knowledgeable about the safety needed when it comes to your plumbing system - especially when you have a family living under the roof.
It is still important to stay safe when doing a DIY simple plumbing repairs, the question is, do you know how to? At Elizabeth Drain Service, we make sure our customers know how to do small plumbing jobs the right and safe way.
Safety Measure for Plumbing System
Protect Your Eyes
Whenever there is a plumbing job, make sure to wear safety glasses to protect you from unwanted debris or foreign object from hitting your eyes or getting in your eyes, which may cause infection. Some plumbing jobs will also require hammering, sawing, drilling, filling a pipe, and snaking a drain - these are all prone to causing something flying up your eyes.
Have a Partner
Since you are most likely not a Professional Plumber, it is always best to have a helping hand. While you work on the plumbing issues, your partner can turn off machines for you, turn off the water if leaks occur, or help you snake a drain. Having extra hands and eyes will increase your safety so as both of you can look after each other.
Cover Your Hands
Just like your eyes, your hands should also be protected since they are the ones going to make direct contact with what you are fixing. Harmful chemicals like drain cleaners and material may be found within the pipes, so it is better to have some gloves on. Wear a pair of latex gloves at all time during the drain cleaning process. This will also protect you from any germs and bacteria.
Don’t Ignore Smells
Your nose has a serious duty too when it comes to your plumbing system. During the job, make sure you keep your nose open and alert - it may sound funny, but we’re serious. Unusual smells coming from the drain may mean that there’s a blockage somewhere down the drain. And, take a serious note of this: If you smell gas or feel like there’s a leak, be sure to immediately evacuate people from the house and call your local gas company and trusted plumber.
Use Plumbing Tools the Right Way
Each tool has their own specific job which is usually described in the user’s manual - yes, it’s important to read this piece of paper. Abusing the tools or misusing it may cause harm to the person using it or may break the tool. For safety measures, always check on the tools if they’re working perfectly fine, read the user’s manual if you’re not sure how to use it, and only use the tool for its sole intended purpose.
Ask for Professional Help if Unsure and Needed
One wrong move in fixing your plumbing system may mean a serious mishap. You may even end up with a bigger and worse problem. If you’re not sure about something and find yourself guessing and searching the internet for advice, it is best if you just call a Local Professional Plumber.
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