Dos and don’ts of DIY plumbing

Thinking of tackling DIY jobs in the kitchen or bathroom during the spring bank holidays? Avoid costly mistakes when repairing plumbing with this advice

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Avoid costly mistakes when repairing plumbing with this advice from the experts at Watersafe on what to do and what to avoid.

What to do…

– If you need a plumber to help, use one that is qualified and registered with a regulatory body and take your time to find a plumber that is right for your project. You should always get three quotes and then choose the one that suits your budget and the job at hand.

– Use approved plumbing products, such as Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS)-approved, so you know your products have been tested and are legally compliant when installed correctly.

– Take extra precautions when work is being done, especially when it is plumbing work involving water. Keep all electrics and running leads completely out of the way to ensure it is safe.

– If you are renovating your kitchen or bathroom with professional help, make sure you don’t forget to ask to see the tradeperson’s qualifications. If you employ a heating engineer or gas fitter make sure they are Gas Safe registered, and if you hire a plumber, make sure they are certified by Watersafe.

What to avoid…

– Don’t forget you must adhere to regulations when making alterations to your home.  Always be aware of the legalities surrounding home improvements before you get started. For example, the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations and Byelaws were introduced to prevent contamination of drinking water and waste of water caused by faulty plumbing work and most water-related work carried out in your home must meet its requirements.

– Don’t put off fixing faulty plumbing, something that’s seemingly minor. A dripping tap or leak are often signs that there is a bigger problem, so ignoring the warning signs could cost you even more money in the long term.

– If you have moved into a new property and spot a damp patch or stain, do not ignore it or paint over the damage. It could be the sign of a serious plumbing problem, so you may need to call in an expert to find and address the core of the problem.

Featured image: A dated en suite bathroom in a period home has been transformed into a stylish contemporary space by remodelling the layout and restoring the original features. Image by Rachael Smith.