Plumbing Safety Basics

One key aspect of plumbing safety is knowing what you are getting into ahead of time, and taking a few precautions. Have the tools and plumbing safety equipment you need ready to go before you start and check local plumbing codes to make sure what you want to do is safe. Many times, it is safer to leave these projects up to the professionals. They have the right equipment and know what they are doing. However, if you are looking to start a plumbing project on your own, make sure you are safe!

Wear Protective Equipment

There are a few items you should have in your home for plumbing safety basics as well as for any other project. Protect your eyes from debris or splashing by wearing safety glasses. There are contaminants in the water that can damage or infect your eyes if they splash you. You might only wear them when cutting or hammering during a project, but you should wear them for all plumbing projects. They will help you avoid debris damage or other hazardous materials in your eye.

Gloves will also help protect your hands. Some chemicals involved with plumbing projects, such as drain cleaners, should not contact skin. Gloves can also help you avoid injury when dealing with some plumbing tools. You should also use a mask if you are cutting or sanding any material. They prevent particles from being inhaled into your lungs. We all have one at home or at least know where to get one!

Use Tools Wisely

When using tools, be sure to follow manufacturer guidelines. Use the right tool for your project to help avoid injury or damage to your plumbing. Be careful when using powerful drills or when using heat on pipes. When soldering, be sure to use a heat shield to protect combustible materials. Another plumbing safety basic is to properly maintain your tools. Check to make sure everything is working before you get too deep into a project. A broken tool can cause damage or injury. Do not cut or drill into walls blindly. Know where the electrical components, plumbing, and ducts are beforehand.

Be Prepared

Plumbing safety also requires being prepared and doing your homework ahead of time. You should always shut off the water while working on plumbing. Even if you think the parts you are working on will not be affected by water, it is better to be safe than sorry later. Before you do anything, know which direction the contents of the plumbing will drain and if it is pressurized. You should also know the local plumbing codes and follow them before you start the project. Know what tools the job requires and be sure you know how to use them.

Valley Fire Protection & Plumbing has safe plumbers that can take that plumbing project off your hands. Our licensed plumbers have plumbing safety mastered. We know what to do and have all the equipment required to get the job done without injury. Give us a call for a quote or to schedule your plumbing service today!

By: Tom Hartel
I acquired my expertise by directing day-to-day operations of the business for over 20 years. Continuous hard work helped me become a nationally recognized speaker and expert on fire protection, fire sprinklers, special hazards, and plumbing systems. In this blog, I share my knowledge that will hopefully help you make better decisions for your projects.

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