3 Basic Tools for DIY Plumbing Projects
If you are one of the few people who refuse to spend more on plumbing and household maintenance than what is necessary, you are probably more inclined to do DIY fixes when something goes wrong with your plumbing system then choose to contact the local plumbing service provider and spend a few dollars on the professional fee. In order to fix a plumbing issue effectively without having to sacrifice your safety, you have to have an extensive array of knowledge on the system and how it works. But before that, you first have to know and acquire the basic protective tools for the job.
1. Safety Glass
In doing DIY fixes, you will need to put your safety on top of your priority list. To avoid medical disasters and unintentionally hurting yourself, protective gears are needed. The most typical plumbing project may include tasks such as having to hammer through blockages and break up clots of build-up deep in your plumbing pipes using chemicals that are strong enough to cause damage to your skin. Caustic soda may seem harmless, but when it touches your eye, it could cause serious problems. You might have to stand or wait under the pipe and have debris, junk, food particles and other nasty substances fall on your face. Without safety protective eye wear, these might touch or worse, scrape your cornea.
There is a variety of safety glasses. Choose the one that is made from heat resistant plastic, is shatterproof and has a strap that allows you to adjust the bearings for it to stay on tightly.
2. Latex Gloves
A latex glove is a rubber type of glove that provides a covering for the hands during plumbing projects. This safety tool is a plumber’s default tool when it comes to cleaning sink and shower drains. May it is a blockage removal or maintenance clean-up, a plumber always uses a latex glove to protect the skin from harmful chemicals that might be lodged inside the pipes and from the dirt that is to be expectedly encountered. Also, with the use of latex gloves, you have a better grip on the equipment that you will use and on other materials such as tubes and pipes. Other advantages in using a latex glove include:
- Gloves protect the skin from cuts caused by sharp tools and other protruding objects in the plumbing system.
- Protects your cuts and open wounds from toxins, contamination, and infection that you might get from the dirty environment of the plumbing system.
3. Dust Mask
A dust mask is s cloth-like square strip that is used to cover the nose and mouth from the awful stench that usually comes from the substances lodged on the walls of the pipe. It is secured back by the ears using elastic straps. It is necessary to use a dust mask to minimise or completely remove the possibility of having lung problems.
Some DIY plumbers may find the usage of protective gears stuffy and downright frustrating, but this is the only way to make sure that you do not hurt yourself in the process since you already refuse the help of a plumbing professional. Also, this could be considered as a necessary evil to protect your health.