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Plumbing Safety Tips

One of the main reasons people often tackle plumbing problems on their own is not to save money, but to save time. Nobody wants to wait for a plumber, and then stand by as the job drags on to completion. However, many home injuries are due to impatient people trying to tackle a plumbing job on their own. Fortunately, plumbing repairs in Jacksonville can be handled by the Fenwick Home Services Company. This certified professional company has been operated by the same family in Jacksonville since 1969. Like you, they believe in showing up on time, and completing the job quickly, without stringing it out over a period of time.

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However, some people just enjoy doing things themselves. Perhaps you are such a person. If so, here are some tips to help keep you from becoming another home injury statistic while tackling your own plumbing repair jobs.

Proper Tools

One of the main reasons someone hurts themselves or damages their pipes is because they lack the proper tools to begin a job. Here are the basic tools you should have on hand if you plan on doing some home plumbing repair:

  • Channel Locks
  • Basin Wrench
  • Compression Sleeve Puller (This will help you remove the compression sleeve and nut without hurting any of your pipes)
  • Pipe Wrench
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Screw Drivers
  • Allen Wrench Set
  • Hacksaw
  • Plumber’s Putty

It should be noted that it is a bad habit to stuff your pockets with tools while working on a project. It will not take long before you slip a sharp tool into one of your pockets and suffer a major puncture wound while contorting yourself into various shapes under a tangle of pipes.

There are also three safety items you should have before you start crawling under sinks and pipework:

Safety Goggles

Common sense dictates that when you spend a good deal of time staring up at something while wrenching dirty pipes loose, debris is going to fall into your eyes. Your eyes are precious, so take the precautions that will keep rust, contaminated water or sharp bits of metal from falling into them.

Dust Mask

Without this simple shop staple, you are going to breathe in plenty of dust. Much of it will be from tainted materials, and even asbestos. Protect your lungs along with your eyes.

Latex Gloves

Sure, you are going to want some heavy duty work gloves to keep from lacerating your skin or breaking your knuckles. However, remember to wear the latex gloves under the work gloves. This will help you to avoid getting toxins, contaminated water, mold, animal droppings that carry disease, and other poisons onto your skin. People often have nicks and cuts on their hands that they aren’t aware of. Don’t take the chance on inviting contaminants into your bloodstream.

If you smell gas, do not attempt to do the job yourself. If you are going to need to work with an open flame, do not attempt to do the job yourself. If you are unfamiliar with any of the chemicals you will be using, it is better to call a professional. It is a fact that most people skim over the directions and cautions on labels, missing vital cautionary directions in the process.

Far too many people fail to familiarize themselves with local plumbing codes and proper city permits before beginning a job. This can lead to hefty fines down the road. Anybody who has ever dealt with a city inspector will tell you it is vital to do your homework on local laws and restrictions. The time spent researching can save you from becoming entangled in a bureaucratic nightmare.

If you have a major plumbing job you feel requires more know-how or time than you have, the Fenwick Home Services Company can handle any job you may require, and in record time. They possess the largest truck inventory of any plumbing company in Jacksonville, so they don’t have to make back-and-forth trips to fetch materials and tools. They bring everything, plus the kitchen sink, when they show up to your house.

Not only do these professionals know all the plumbing codes and city permit requirements, they know that when you open your doors to them, you expect prompt, courteous, and clean professionals, and the Fenwick Home Services Company will exceed your expectations. If you are considering a bathroom remodel, don’t waste precious time shopping around for interior designers, as well as plumbers. That will lead to a situation where you have two ships pulling in opposite directions. Fenwick will remodel your bathroom, and take care of the new plumbing, too. While it’s true that plumbing is a dirty job, but somebody has to do it, remember it is also a dangerous job, and that that somebody doesn’t have to be you.

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