DIY can turn into home disasters!
There can be a tremendous amount of pride derived from tackling home improvement project.
Not only do you feel like you’ve made a positive difference in your home but maybe you garner additional respect and admiration from your significant other. While projects like building a deck or cleaning your chimney can largely be done on your own, attempting to fix plumbing issues is almost always a bad idea.
Even though the internet can be a great resource and you think you might save hard-earned money by doing the project yourself, the reality is that more often than not, problems become worse and can lead to even more expensive repairs down the road. Still not a believer?
Below we’ve listed our list of top reasons why you shouldn’t try to fix plumbing problems on your own.
You Might Cause More Damage
Any time you’re working on a project that involves pipes as most plumbing projects do, there are a number of things that can go wrong. If you’re moving, replacing or resealing pipes, you run the risk of causing damage to your home.
All it takes is dropping a pipe, having a wrench slip or failing to adequately seal a pipe to cause significant structural or water damage to the interior of your home. While your original plan was to save money and get things done yourself, now you’re left likely having to incur the cost of unnecessary repairs that could have been avoided in the first place.
Your Work May Not Be Up To Code
Even though you might be tempted to install a new kitchen sink or replace a broken pipe on your own, we suggest that you enlist the help of a professional plumber for a couple of reasons.
First, you might need a permit from the city. If you fail to go through the proper channels before doing the work, you risk substantial fines and having to pay again to have the job done professionally. Secondly, if you ever decide to sell your home and a home inspection reveals work that wasn’t permitted, you won’t be able to sell it until the proper work is completed.
Failure to Recognize the Entire Problem
Just because you find a leak you suspect of causing your water pressure to drop doesn’t mean it is the root cause of what could be a greater problem.
When you employ a professional plumber to handle your plumbing issues, you can rest assured they will thoroughly inspect every potential cause of a problem and make sure any and all repairs are done correctly the first time.
Even if you think the project your handling is a simple one, chances are you lack the knowledge of a professional to finish the work completely.
Even the smallest details like failing to adequately tighten a pipe or install a rubber gasket can spell disaster. This is especially true if you’re not able to check your work because it is in a difficult to reach space like inside a wall.
You Probably Don’t Have the Proper Tools
Chances are you probably don’t have all the same tools a plumber uses laying around the house. When this is the case you might be tempted to improvise the tools you have or use something entirely different altogether.
Even though you might think you can use marbles instead of a proper level when installing a bathroom fixture, doing so runs the risk of pipe or sewer backups that can cause major problems down the road. If you don’t have the right equipment to do the project, your best bet is always to call an expert.
Maybe you’re good with your hands and more mechanically inclined than the average guy down the street.
You take a lot of pride in being able to fix things on your own and save money. In the name of saving yourself the heartache of future problems and unfinished work it’s a wise choice to enlist the help of a professional plumber for any of your plumbing needs.