While, here at Hayes, we encourage our customers to tackle small, DIY plumbing projects on their own and flex their true homeowner muscle—do it safely. Plumbing can be an extremely dangerous field, which is why we (as plumbers) go through years and years of schooling and apprenticeships, but also carry hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance. Unsafe plumber practices are dangerous not only for you, but also your home.
To help you navigate the confusing world of plumber safety we bring you plumbing safety 101…
Plumbing Safety 101:
1. Get a Permit
This is one of our safety tips that involves dangerous costs to your home instead of to your person. Altering your plumbing without the proper permits can not only cost you thousands of dollars in work being done for nothing, but also thousands of dollars in fines. So…be sure to get all your plumbing permits before you begin.
Plumber may not seem like the most dangerous vocation in terms of eye health—but drain snaking, drilling, sawing, hammering, tubing/piping and chemicals can all seriously damage the eyes, so be sure to wear protective eye coverings while completing plumbing projects.
3. Buy Good Gloves
All that we said above for your eyes—ditto for your hands (which bear the brunt of the exposure). So glove-up!
Again, ditto for your lungs—so mask-up!
5. Use a Spotter
When it comes to plumbing, the most dangerous part is what you don’t know you don’t know. You don’t necessarily know what dangerous chemicals are, or what pipes can be dangerous or other potential health hazards. So, use the buddy system while working on DIY plumbing projects.
6. Read Ahead
Plumbing products come with directions, instructions and precautions, so read them carefully before use. Those companies spend money creating these materials to protect themselves from lawsuits because accidents happen when people are unaware of the safety issues involved!
7. Avoid Dangers
There are certain things to avoid doing while plumbing, including: not working while impaired, don’t misuse equipment, don’t use equipment you aren’t familiar with, don’t ignore safety codes, don’t ignore permits (they’re there for a reason!) and don’t carry your tools in your pocket (there’s a reason why we use a pants-dropping tool belt!).
8. Never, Ever, Ignore A Gas Smell
If you smell gas—stop what you are doing and immediately and exit the house with you and all your loved ones. Once the gas company has cleared the area you can return.
If you’re (rightfully) nervous about your next DIY plumbing job—then simply call the pros here at Hayes. Our decades of safety and experience, coupled with our insurance and know-how will ensure the safety of your home—and your family.