Why DIY Repairs are Terrible for Your Plumbing

Plumbing Repairs You Should Never DIY

Fixing your own plumbing may sound like a good idea that can save you money and work as a quick solution for your plumbing issues. However, taking on a plumbing project by yourself can end up costing you more money in the long run.

Attempting a DIY plumbing project can cause serious damage to your home’s plumbing system and affect other areas of your home as well. It’s easy to find information online in an attempt to diagnose and fix your plumbing without calling on a plumber. While it could work, DIY-ing your plumbing isn’t always a good idea, especially if you’re attempting to make a repair or replacement with an untrained eye.

Most plumbing issues are quick and easy fixes but there are some that may have underlying problems and would require a licensed plumber to fix.

Flood Risks

The water in your home is constantly being used and passing through your pipes. Sometimes your pipes can get clogged, become cracked over time, older pipes begin to deteriorate, and they get buildup from chemicals and sediment.

When your pipes become clogged and cracked, trying to fix them yourself can become a flood risk. Taking the wrong step on even the smallest crack can seriously damage your pipes and turn a minor leak into a major flood.

Tampering With Gas Lines

One of the most dangerous DIY mistakes you can make while fixing your plumbing is attempting to fix a gas leak without proper training and materials. If your home smells like rotten eggs, you may have a gas leak that would need the attention of a licensed plumber with experience in finding and fixing gas leaks and lines.

Any time you notice your home smells like rotten eggs, instead of trying to find the source, you should immediately evacuate your home and call a plumber. Gas leaks can make you sick or even cause your home to explode. Professional help from a plumber is your best bet when it comes to repairing a gas line or sealing a leak.

Modifying Your Plumbing System

Maybe you want to upgrade your bathroom or kitchen, or maybe you want to completely re-pipe your entire plumbing system? Rerouting your plumbing is no easy task, and in some cases, you would be required to meet certain regulations set by the government.

If you want to reroute your plumbing system, you should always contact a certified plumber to discuss your plans, map out your new system, and meet the correct standards and regulations so that your plans are successful.

Installing Appliances

Installing any appliance that requires a connection to your home’s plumbing system can be dangerous. For example, if you’re installing a water heater on your own, you would need to know how your home’s electrical system works with the heater in order to install it. A small mistake can damage the appliance and make it dangerous to use.

If you want to replace and install an appliance that requires a connection to your plumbing, you should trust a professional plumber to get the job done.

Using the Wrong Tools

Without the right tools, you can quickly turn your DIY project upside down. The average homeowner won’t always have the correct tools to make a repair, perform an inspection, or replace plumbing themselves. For a proper plumbing job, give our trusted team a call! Our plumbers will have the right tools and skills to use in order to repair or replace your home’s plumbing.

Rely On Your Local Plumber

Even with minimal training, it’s possible to still accidentally damage your plumbing and cause bigger problems in your home. For the best results, allow a professional plumber like ours at HPS Plumbing Services to make repairs for you! We want our clients to know that they’re in good hands and will help you come up with a solution that works for you. Give us a call at (858) 217-4112 to schedule an appointment!


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