You remember that TV show from the 90’s “Home Improvement”, Tim,”the toolman” Taylor would try and show his audience some DIY home improvement trick that inevitably went horribly wrong. It was funny and it made for some pretty great television. In the real world do it yourself plumbing gone wrong is not so funny. It isn’t funny to have 6 inches of water in your basement , in fact it can leave you with mold, structural damage and thousands of dollars’ worth of repair costs. Not so funny now, is it?
There are plenty of plumbing issues that a homeowner can fix themselves just fine. Clogged toilets are no problem, most of the time it can be fixed with a plunger or a bottle of Drano. Is your kitchen tap constantly dripping, you might only need a washer to fix that up, you can handle that. However there are other plumbing problems that can happen that you absolutely cannot fix yourself. Nobody wants to spend the money to fix the plumbing, but it will be far less than having to redo your basement because a pipe burst. When it comes to plumbing you need to understand when DIY doesn’t work and what can happen if you try and fix it yourself. Here’s a look at what can happen.
Amateur versus a Professional
If the problem lies in the pipes then you need a plumber to fix them. DIY should be limited to simple things that can be done easily, like the leaky faucet. Rattling or noisy pipes mean a bigger problem and trying to take apart your pipes and fix them yourself could mean a very large flood in your house. It could also mean having sewage backed up into your house and that is the last thing that you want. Plumbers have years of experience that allows them to diagnose a problem quickly and fix it with minimal damage.
Clogs and Leaks
Slow or clogged drains will happen to many homeowners and you can usually handle that yourself just fine. When the plunger no longer works then it is time to give a plumber a call, don’t start taking apart toilets and pipes. See what the pro has to say, yes it will cost some money to have a plumber come out but it will cost far more to clean up a flood. Don’t mess around with things you don’t know how to fix!