Plumbing Safety 101
Your plumbing needs what seems like a simple repair and you are confident enough to do it yourself? Well, even if you are a person with experience in plumbing, there are some safety tips you should definitely know before reaching out to those plumbing tools.
Here are the basics of plumbing safety you should know:
1. Regulations: Make sure you check for any specific plumbing regulations and codes of your area before proceeding with the DIY plumbing. Some tasks require a professional to handle them, and other may require a permit.
2. Wear eye protection. This is essential when doing any job which can potentially harm your eyes. Remember that liquids and objects can fall or fly up into your face while you are working, so wear protection to avoid damage and injuries.
3. Wear appropriate gloves and boots. Keep your hands and feet safe from injury, harm from chemicals and other potential damage by wearing latex gloves covered with work leather and plumbing work boots like these from Mybootprint.com. Sure, it can cause some difficulties when using certain instruments, but it will ensure that your hands are safe while plumbing.
4. Lung protection. Remember to wear a face mask to keep your respiratory system and lungs protected from the inhalation of dust and other particles while you are doing your plumbing work.
5. Take extra precautions. When using a power tool or other instrument, always follow the instructions for use recommended by the manufacturer. Also, be extra careful when dealing with heat or soldering on pipes near flammable insulation, walls and other materials which can easily catch fire.
6. Get someone to assist. Having an extra pair of hands is always helpful, especially when dealing with bigger and more risky plumbing repairs or projects. Plus, working with a helper will make the job easier and faster.
7. Take the time to read the labels. Always read the labels on any instruments, products and chemicals you are planning to use for your DIY plumbing job beforehand. Follow the instructions for use and be aware of the measures which need to be taken in case of an accident or emergency situation.
8. Stay away from plumbing while impaired. Do not attempt any repair work on your plumbing if you are feeling unwell or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Otherwise you are in a higher risk of injuries or of incurring more damage than actual repair of the plumbing.
9. Use instruments and tools only for what they are intended. Do not try to use a specific tool for a job it is not made to do. This will save you from injury or further damage to the pipes or other items you are trying to fix.
10. Always adhere to the safety codes which have been set by the regulators for plumbing and building safety.
11. Never attempt to fix a gas leak by yourself. If you suspect you have a gas leak, immediately turn the gas off, call your gas company and wait for a professional to come deal with the problem.
Author: Mike is an outdoorsman, DIY enthusiast, and the person who manages Mybootprint.com and ShoeMatters.com – sites dedicated to help people find high quality footwear for their needs.