Taking on a plumbing project on your own is no easy feat for anyone. Making sure you are aware of all the common hazards that come with plumbing can help you better prepare for the project ahead. Here are some of the most common hazards you should watch out for.
Exposure to Chemicals
Doing any sort of plumbing project exposes your skin to a number of chemicals that may cause irritation or [worse] burns. Wearing thick gloves when handling chemicals can spare you and your skin from any sort of irritation.
Exposure to Moulds
Doing any sort of plumbing work exposes you to moulds and mildew. It is important to wear protective gears such as masks, gloves, long sleeved shirts and long pants when taking on a plumbing project.
Minor and Major Injuries
With any sort of job comes the physical danger of injuring yourself. Having the right tools will help you avoid any sort of injury. If something seems too complicated and dangerous your best bet is to call a professional.
You will also be working on small and cramped spaces so there is a possibility you can strain yourself. Make sure to be extra careful when bending over the underside of a sink or a crawl space to avoid putting strain on your back and other major muscle groups.
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Between the banging pipes and the drilling machineries, plumbing can be a pretty loud job. The excessive amount of noise can cause headaches or even loss of hearing so make sure to add earplugs in your tool belt.
When working with fixtures, you deal with flying particles and chemicals that may cause eye injury. Secure a pair of industry-grade goggles before tacking that sink to make sure nothing gets into your eye.
Slip and Falls
Slipping and falling while on the job is most likely due to the wet environment you work with. Make sure to wear non-slip shoes or place rubber mats nearby your workstation to avoid unwarranted slip and falls.
There you have it, some common plumbing hazards you should know about before taking on any project by yourself. Make safety a priority when undertaking repairs on your own and never attempt to fix something you are not trained to. Licensed plumbers have years of experience and the proper training necessary to do the job right so if something is too complicated for you, call a pro.