All of us get into the moment once in a while.

We decide to do a home improvement project – we’ve watched enough HGTV, we should be able to do it right?

Are You Making These Common Plumbing Mistakes?Or we notice a small leak and decide to take on the project ourselves. How hard can it be?

The problem is one thing leads to another, and by trying to “fix” one thing, it often leads to creating more headaches in other areas.

As people tackle do it yourself projects at home, they often make a variety of plumbing mistakes that can be costly down the road. See if you recognize yourself in any of these situations.

Misuse of a vent pipe

Vent pipes exist throughout your home for one purpose – venting. They aren’t meant for running cables through, cutting into, or removing for more room to add something else. These pipes are intended to allow air to flow through to the drains inside your home, so that the plumbing can flow and sewer gases and smells can leave your home. Cut into a vent pipe and you’ll notice a definite sewer smell spilling out into your living quarters.

Hitting plumbing pipes with a nail

When you are going to hang a new picture, add a shelf, or do general maintenance work, make sure you know what is behind the wall before you drive in a nail. Make sure you use the right size for the job as well – a longer nail has more traction behind your walls and can easily penetrate plumbing pipes.

Using too much drain cleaner

Want to keep your drains free and clear all the time? If a little drain cleaner works well, a lot must work even better, right? Think again. Most commercial grade drain cleaners are highly corrosive. They’ve been known to eat through plumbing tools, gloves and the pipes themselves. Always consider alternatives to using harsh chemicals – green drain cleaners and plumbing snakes are great alternatives.

Sending grease down the drain

Have you ever left grease in a pan for an extended period of time? Then you know if eventually sets into a thick material. As oil makes its way down your drain pipes, it doesn’t flow freely out your home. Instead, particles stick to your pipes as its flushed out, which builds over time until eventually you have a thick, hard to clear blockage.