If you are planning on doing some plumbing work around your home, there are a few safety tips and tricks that you should be aware of before you start doing any plumbing work on your home.
#1 Know How to Turn off the Water
Before you start talking pipes apart, you want to make sure that you turn off the water. Under each sink in your home, there should be a shut-off valve for your sink. For appliances that use water, there should be a shut-off valve near where the water supply is located. There should even be a hidden cabinet or place where you can shut off the water to your shower or bathtub.
You also need to know where the main water shut-off is for your house because sometimes its not enough to turn off the water for the particular faucet that you are working on. This is especially true if you are repairing a pump somewhere further down the line.
#2 Flush Water Out of the Pipes
If you need the pipes to be clear of water, turning off the water supply is not going to be enough. You also need to turn on the faucet and allow all of the water that is still in the pipes to run out before you start working. This is the best way to flush the water out of the pipes.
#3 Be Prepared to Catch the Water
Still, you should still be prepared for there to be water present. If you need to take a pipe apart, have a five-gallon bucket on hand that you can put under the pipes to catch any water that may still be inside of them. Have a few towels around as well. You want to be prepared to deal with any water that you may encounter while you are working on your home's plumbing system.
#4 Be Careful with Tightening Things
Finally, you want to tighten up fittings and connections so that they are solid. You don't want the water to drip or leak out of a fitting or connection that you had to take apart. You also don't want to overtighten the fitting or connection. Tightening things up too tight can lead to stripped screws, broken bolts, and damaged pipes. Tighten up fittings and connections until you meet a normal level of resistance, and then stop. You don't want to damage the work that you just did because you were overzealous with tightening things up.
Before you start on a plumbing project, make sure that you turn off the water where you will be working. Flush the remaining water out of the faucets and be prepared with a bucket and towels to deal with any water you encounter while taking the pipes apart. Make sure that you are careful with tightening up connections and fittings; don't overdo it and damage the pipes.
Contact a local plumbing company for more help.