Plumbing mistakes professional contractors should avoid

Even the most knowledgeable and experienced plumbers make mistakes during their operation. No one is able to do a perfect job every single time they get called to fix a bursting pipe, install a new bathtub, fix a water heater or reroute the water lines. These mistakes may not only cause the customer’s disappointment, but also create an additional correction job the plumber won’t get payed for.

However, there’re a few common plumbing mistakes, related to the actual execution of plumbing services and business operation professional plumbers have to be aware of and avoid. Here’re a few of them.

Vents and fixtures

Some plumbers are guilty of installing an inappropriate vent for the basement plumbing fixtures, which require specific attention or forgetting to set up a vent for every single trap they install.

In addition to that, qualified plumbers should never forget to check in with the local codes and plumbing guidelines to determine how many fixtures they may adjust to the vent and if they’re able to connect the vents in a certain way.

Charging per hour

It might seem to be fairer to the plumber. But when it comes to the relationship with the prospective customers and appearing trustworthy to them, it’s better to set up the prices for the job or give a client an estimate than to ask for an hourly payment.

The lack of space around toilets

Sometimes the layout of the current plumbing might make it difficult to ensure that the newly installed toilet will be comfortable for the homeowners to use. And sometimes you just forget to check the amount of free space you leave around the toilet when choosing the most appropriate place for it or make the wrong measurements.

So, remember this simple sure: a toilet has to be located at least the 15-inch distance from the side wall, at the 18-inch distance from the opposite wall and 18-inch distance the rest of the bathroom equipment.

‘Bonus’ mistakes:

  1. Connecting dissimilar pipes
  2. Creating too steep or too little slope
  3. Improper location of cleanouts
  4. Forgetting to install shut-off valves leading to the equipment
  5. Ignoring minor leaks
  6. Leaving exposed pipes without winter insulation