4 DIY Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid

Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid

4 DIY Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid

From everyday fixes to major renovations, being a responsible homeowner can get very expensive. If you’re like most homeowners, you want to find as many ways as possible to save money, a quest that can lead you to take on a few home improvement projects yourself.

plumbing Mistakes

When it comes to plumbing, there are several common mistakes that even the most seasoned DIY gurus and homeowners can make. Don’t wind up spending more money hiring a plumber to fix an issue you accidentally created. Instead, note these plumbing mistakes to avoid.

Relying Too Much on Drain Cleaner

Clogs happen, and chances are when they occur in your house, the first thing you grab is a commercial drain cleaner. However, while it’s okay to use drain cleaner in moderation, using it too often can be very damaging to your plumbing. This is because most drain cleaners contain corrosive chemicals that will eventually eat away at pipes, whether they are PVC or metal.

If your drains don’t get clogged very often, it’s okay to use commercial products sparingly. A simple DIY solution is to pour white vinegar and baking soda down the drain. The chemical reaction that is caused when the baking soda and vinegar mix can help break up the clog.

Drains that are consistently becoming clogged should be cleared by a professional. In many cases, the issue is too severe, or too deep in your pipes, for store-bought cleaners and homemade fixes to clear.

Mismatching Pipes

Replacing even a few pipes can become a laborious and expensive chore. To cut corners, you might be considering purchasing cheaper pipes that are constructed from a different material than the other plumbing in your home. You probably figure that a pipe is a pipe, and you’ll figure out a way to cobble together your plumbing.

Unfortunately, this is a common plumbing Mistakes that can lead to disastrous results. This is especially true if you try to connect copper and other metal pipes. This combination can lead to serious corrosion, which can cause your pipes to break down much faster.

Instead, always use the same pipe material throughout your home. If you’re not sure which type of material your plumbing is made from, don’t hesitate to ask a plumber for help. In addition to helping you find the correct pipes to purchase and install, the plumber can also provide additional tips to help ensure the job is completed correctly.

Not Watching What You Put Down the Drain

The drain in your kitchen sink suffers a lot of abuse, especially if you’re constantly putting things down it that don’t belong there. Even if you have a garbage disposal, there are certain substances that should never be put down any drains in your home. Here are a few:

  • Grease
  • Egg shells
  • Any kind of fibrous foods, such as corn husks and onion skins
  • Coffee grounds

If you’re not sure whether a food item or other substance should be poured or shoved down the drain, it’s best to err on the side of caution and instead toss whatever it is in the trash.

Taking on Projects You Cannot Handle

Finally, one of the biggest and most common plumbing Mistakes that many homeowners make is taking on a plumbing job that is too massive or complicated for them to complete on their own. One such job might be changing out the sink trap in your kitchen.

When it comes to larger jobs, such as completely replacing the existing plumbing throughout your home, issues with your main water line, or problems with low water pressure, it’s best to contact a plumber in your area to tackle the issue.

If you’re a homeowner who is plagued with plumbing issues, or if you simply want to know how to improve your water pressure or upgrade your kitchen or bathroom, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Cleary Plumbing.

5 Signs You Need Your Plumbing Drains Cleaned

Understanding your plumbing system and how it works could save you from a plumbing nightmare.

Sanitary Floods are one of the biggest causes of personal damage in the Florida. One of the best ways to prevent stopped up plumbing lines is preventative maintenance. The big question is how do you know when it is time to schedule your drain cleaning service? Below are some signs that you should be aware of.

1) Water Coming Up in House

The first one is an obvious one. Seeing water coming up in your house is sign that you are having drainage issues. There are many examples of this but one of the most common is when you flush your toilet the water comes up into your tub or shower. This is happening because there is an obstruction in the bathroom drainage branch and the waste has nowhere to go but an open drain like the shower. The Tub/Shower is the lowest fixture so that is why is comes up in there first instead of your sink. In most cases the toilet will need to be pulled and the line will need to be snaked from there. Sometimes you may have to get on the roof and snake the line from the roof vent stack. Scoping the line with a camera may also be an option to see what is causing the obstruction.

2) Water Coming Up From Pipe Outside of Home

Most single family homes, condos, apartments, and townhomes have cleanouts on the exterior of their homes. A cleanout is an access point to your main drain line.  These are installed for two reasons. The First reason is if you ever do have a stoppage you can unscrew the cap on the cleanout and the sanitary waste will discharge outside instead of inside your home. The second reason is for cleaning the line. When you schedule preventative drain cleaning you are able to clean the main line from the outside of your home instead of picking a toilet up and snaking it that way.

If water is coming out of the cleanout then you have one of two problems or a combination of both. You either have a main line stoppage that needs to be cleared or if you have a septic system, it may be full. Most homeowners do not have septic systems, so that would not pertain to you.

Scheduling preventative drain cleaning will keep your drains clean and flowing properly

3) Gurgling Noises or Bubbling Up

Sometimes you will notice the toilet bubbling up or you will hear a gurgling noise when water is draining through your fixture drains. This usually is caused by a partial obstruction. The obstruction causes noises and bubbles while the water drains. This ultimately means you are on your way to a complete stopped up drain. Before it gets to that point the drain should be cleaned and cleared. Too many people ignore this sign. It’s always better to address a problem before it turns into something major. It will save you time and money if caught before main back up occurs

4) Slow Draining Line

A Slow Draining Line is Not Normal.  A slow draining line is the easiest sign to pick up on and it is the easily the most ignored sign. Just because it has always drained that way or it seems to always eventually go down does not mean your waste line is draining properly.  A slow draining line is BIG WARNING letting you know trouble is on the way. I can almost guarantee a clogged line is coming. Debris and Scale build up are the usually the main cause of a slow drain. Preventative maintenance will push the debris out and clean the scale build up from your drainage walls. You notice a significant difference once the lines are cleaned. No more standing in a foot of water when taking a shower.

5) Unpleasant Drain Odors

Do you notice a bad odor in your kitchen or bathroom shower? Think about everything that goes down your drain lines; I take that back. Most fixtures have traps. Traps are meant to hold water to prevent sewer gases from coming up through the pipes. If those traps are filled with unpleasant things, you will get odors. You may also have other issues like a broken pipe but the smell will automatically give it a way that you probably have a drain line issue. Keep your traps clean and watch what you flush down your lines.


It is always good to be proactive with your plumbing system. Preventative Maintenance can be geared for your home specifically. Snaking and cleaning your drains ensures that your lines stay clear and flowing properly. Being aware of the signs above will allow you to prevent a major plumbing back and it will ultimately save you time and money.

Plumbing safety tips

Plumbing Safety Tips

Some Plumbing Safety Tips

Plumbing safety is a huge issue; one can never be too cautious. Always know & practice the basics of safety; especially with home improvement projects, whether it be DIY or as a professional plumber. Plumbers oftentimes work in potentially hazardous environments, around all sorts of harmful substances like:

  • toxic elements like lead, sulfur dioxide, asbestos,
  • mold, mildew, bacteria
  • adhesives, solvents, solder
  • around open flames, natural gas, and combustible materials
  • exposure to bio-hazards like raw sewage
  • exposure to toxic animal droppings that can cause sickness and disease

With any do-it-yourself plumbing or repair in your home, following proper safety procedures and stay alert. Anything you notice that is unusual should be of concern, especially if it has to do with plumbing.

Plumbing safety tips


  • Know all Florida plumbing codes and laws
  • Be informed. Make sure you read all instructions and reference any safety problems that may arise.
  • Protect yourself. Have all the necessary safety tools and accessories available close to you while working. Wear gloves to protect your hands. Wear safety goggles to keep dust, sparks and debris out of you eyes. If appropriate, wear a face masks to ensure you do not breathe harmful fumes.
  • Be cautious at all times
  • Read all labels, instructions, manuals and warnings.


  • Do not work if you are physically impaired. Being tired and/or sick can lead to injury or impaired judgement.
  • Use tools as intended. Make sure you are not forcing any tools. Use the right tool for the job
  • Ignore building and safety codes
  • Carry tools in your pockets
  • Ignore the smell of natural or sewer gas

If you are beginning a plumbing project, thinking of starting one or need to hire a professional plumber, plumbing safety is an issue not to be ignored. Florida has strict safety code to make sure that all licensed plumbers adhere to proper safety procedures.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for any plumbing repair, please call us today. You’ll be glad you did!