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April 21, 2020

Nashville, TN – DIY Plumbing Repairs That Have Gone Wrong

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Just about everyone knows the general idea of plumbing in the home is to move water around the home and wastewater out of it. We may not know the names of the particular pipes and/or pieces, let alone how to install them, but it is well understood that if the plumbing is faulty or damaged, things will start to leak!


The following examples are from homeowners that have this know-how and have set out to do something about their plumbing problems. They will not be undone by a leaking sink or broken pipe, let alone a basement without a bathroom!


When you find in the middle of the job that you don’t have the right parts…simply make your own? This “piping” is made from a compilation of tape, plastic sheeting, and other materials. Granted, the appliance may not leak anymore, but this doesn’t quite make the cut for a “repair”.


That's Not PEX


This family most likely had children, for the innovative idea here was that play dough could solve their plumbing problems. Preventing leaks with a ball of this squishy substance seemed sound enough to use as a solution, right? Next time, it might be more efficient to look into some more conventional leak repair methods.




Space saving at its finest. The logic behind saving space and resources by combining this sink and toilet system on the same line sure made sense to this homeowner. One small room, one giant leap for mankind!




Compression fittings, what? When you have hundreds of feet of duct tape, who could afford NOT to use this nearly magical material that fixes just about everything else around the home. Surely they thought that their newly installed plumbing would simply be more secure when taped together and in place by several feet of this miracle tool.




After all of the planning, installing, and supply-getting for your most recent plumbing job, you may be just about ready to throw in the towel. There may not be much discipline left for when a wrench gets thrown into your cogs, let’s say, when you discover your supply lines are far too long for example. It couldn’t possible be that bad…could it?




Perhaps the second most foolproof tool in any DIY arsenal, the sock! It wicks away any moisture that might escape from the leak repair, and can be used over and over again, genius.




Needless to say, our team of specialists at Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. does NOT recommend any of these plumbing repair methods. While they may be creative, and could possibly be used as emergency measures to hold someone over until there is a substantial solution, they are not repairs at all and do not guarantee any protection against worsening leaks.

Give Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. a call today at (615) 227-2811 to schedule an evaluation and determine what solutions you need.

Photos Courtesy of FamilyHandyman.com

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