Advice Blog5 Ways to Create a DIY Catastrophe

August 27, 2019by Zen Marketing0
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Usually, the first step to a DIY catastrophe is visiting a big box store; being enticed by something bright and shiny is a common dilemma in home improvement. You may have purchased the item, got it home, and had no idea what to do with it. We don’t blame you. The new products in home improvement are impressive. However, there is so much more to it than simply purchasing something fancy. Everything from incorrect installation to compatibility with the home can cause huge issues. We’ll show you how to avoid them below.

DIY Catastrophe Installing New Faucet

Whether on the sink or in the tub, your old faucets may be lacking luster and bringing down the mood of the room. It’s simple enough to get a new one. Not so simple to install. There are several questions you must know the answer to before your purchase, including but not limited to:

  • What are your required handle to handle measurements?
  • How many minimum sink holes are required?
  • Do you need an adjustable flow rate, adjustable stream, or other feature?
  • Do you need a bacteria-resistant faucet?
  • Does it come with all the hardware you need?

Faucet installation is a precision art. Incorrect installation can lead to drips, drain stoppers that won’t close, and even water damage to the surrounding areas.

New Shower Head

From fixed to hosed to rain, a new showerhead can give new life to your bathroom. However, installation can be much more involved than simply screwing in a new one. Even new shower heads can be subject to several potential catastrophes. Leaks can occur between the head’s body and the swivel ball, as well as where the shower head connects to the shower arm. Like the above, an improperly installed showerhead can cause leaks, breakdown altogether, or worse still, cause water damage behind the shower wall itself.

Water Filter Systems DIY Catastrophe

These new systems are amazing and can make the filtered water from your pitcher or refrigerator look like tap water. The systems are available for purchase at any big box store online or in-person; however, anyone without advanced plumbing knowledge will find installation problematic. Any attempt to do so will result in an improperly installed system which can do anything from delivering expensive tap water to not delivering anything.

Improper Toilet Selection / Toilet Installation

Your new toilet DIY catastrophe may begin with your purchase. Each toilet has a set or adjustable gallon per flush capacity (GPF) that your system must be able to meet. Toilets also come in several shapes from compact to elongated that must be able to fit your home’s plumbing. Then there is the cutout – not every toilet requires the same size hole, and local building codes and clearances also vary. While there are a standard size and placement that works for most models, it must be checked before making a purchase.

Toilets with fancy options, such as a bidet, also have certain requirements which make them worthless in a home improvement project. These and many other criteria must be understood and understood by a professional before you can even purchase a new toilet, much less install one.

Tankless and Other Water Heater Issues

Water heaters last for about 10 to 15 years on average. Models, styles, features, and much more can drastically change within that time. Or you may be shopping around for a tankless water heater to save on your gas bills. No matter what the reason, a new water heater is incredibly hard to install correctly and must be done by a professional. However, many reasons can cause you to purchase one, and often that selection is not right for your home or your families usage needs.

Will it be durable? Are there other issues to consider, such as space or insulation? Do I need to install a dehumidifier? An improperly installed water heater can lead to smelly or discolored water, water that never gets hot, or massive water leaks that can result in several thousand dollars in damage. Let a pro help you match the right water heater to your needs and budget.

How We Deal With DIY Catastrophes

Almost daily, homeowners call our plumbers to residential areas to install new pieces of plumbing. In many instances, we find the purchased product is inferior quality to the ones we can procure. Our plumbers know the ins and outs of installing plumbing equipment from traditional to advanced in all sorts of residential and commercial venues. We will help you select a professional-grade product to meet all sorts of budgets, in addition to the expert installation we guarantee will not leak, will be cleaned up, and provide comfort and convenience for years to come.

Give us a call at 908-537-6770 or submit a quote request online. We are happy to help select and install a new water heater, faucet, showerhead, and other items. Our team is happy to come to your property and evaluate all of your options. The team of professionals at Schaible’s is always there for you.

Our plumbing system installation area covers all of northern & central New Jersey and Eastern PA – including Hunterdon County, Warren County, Somerset County, and Morris County. Our location is convenient to Clinton, Flemington, Readington, Tewksbury, Whitehouse, Washington, Hackettstown, Phillipsburg, Bridgewater, Somerville, Branchburg, Long Valley, and Chester.

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