If you are planning to do some DIY plumbing, here are 10 plumbing safety tips which will not only help you do the job properly, but will keep you and your plumbing safe as well. Make sure you take the time to read them before starting a plumbing project or repair work:

  1. Make sure you are prepared for the plumbing job. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the plumbing and safety building codes and regulations before you start. Also, make sure you read the instructions for safety and for the use of any power tools, instruments, chemicals and materials you will be using. If necessary, do some practice with these tools before proceeding with the plumbing job first.
  2. Keep your eyes protected. Wear appropriate safety glasses to keep your eyes safe from possible damage and injuries resulting from chemicals, flying or falling objects and other particles.
  3. Consider wearing ear protection. If you are using tools and instruments which cause loud and sharp noises, make sure you wear protective gear to keep your ears from hearing damage.
  4. Hand and arm protection is crucial. Wear long sleeves as well as work gloves. The sleeves will help protect your arms from bruising and scratches, and the gloves will keep your hand safe from injuries and form direct contact with potentially harmful or hazardous things, such as human waste, harsh chemicals, mold and others. It is recommended that you wear latex gloves covered by leather ones to ensure proper protection to the hands when plumbing.
  5. Foot protection. Make sure you wear quality plumbing work boots that provides stability, is slip resistant and if possible has safety toe protection in case you drop a heavy instrument or part on your feet while plumbing. Wearing high quality footwear is crucial to avoid possible injuries. Check which are the top work boots for plumbers on dedicated websites or check the reviews of the most popular and top-selling work boots that are featured on Mybootprint.
  6. Lung protection. Wear a face mask to stay safe from inhaling harmful dust particles, mold and dangerous fumes from chemicals.
  7. Head protection. A hard hat is a good idea if you are performing repairs from underneath. Usually, plumber use head protection while performing construction jobs or industrial plumbing work.
  8. Temperature protection. Depending on the climate and temperature you are working in, make sure your body is protected from extreme cold or heat at all times. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear, stay hydrated and take all precautions to stay safe.
  9. Use the right tools. Do not be tempted to misuse tools for inappropriate jobs, which can lead to damaging your plumbing as well as to injuries.
  1. Be careful when working with water and electricity. Always turn the gas off if you smell gas. Evacuate and call your gas company. Never attempt to repair your gas pipeline by yourself!