A problem in your plumbing system can quickly escalate if you don’t promptly attend to it. Thus, you may think that applying a trick from the do-it-yourself (DIY) book can help you save money and time. However, plumbing work can be complicated, and you might end up causing more harm than good.
Therefore, it’s essential to call a professional plumber when you notice a broken pipe or your faucets aren’t working as before. You can receive a permanent solution and professional advice as opposed to doing it yourself and wondering whether you did the job right.
Plumbing professionals can help adequately diagnose and identify the problem and apply the correct fix. On the other hand, a DIY plumbing job can be risky in various ways, one of which is that you might end up flooding your home.
Read on below to find out why you should steer clear of DIY plumbing.
1. You Could Make The Problem Worse
You might often see a minor leak and misjudge that you can provide a quick fix by yourself. However, this misjudgment can quickly escalate the problem into a major one.
For instance, given that water flows through the pipes under pressure, a wrong twist or opening can provide a space to let the water out. If the pressure is high enough, you can quickly lose control of the situation. This can result in flooding your home and destroying your belongings.
Meanwhile, even if you manage to stop a leak, you might only do so temporarily. This can give you a false sense of safety.
Furthermore, your quick fix may only postpone the problem, not permanently fix it. At some point, you might experience full-blown flooding as a result. Therefore, however minor the issue might be, you should always contact your local plumbing professionals.
2. You Do Not Have The Right Plumbing Tools
A professional plumber’s kit contains various tools necessary for fixing multiple plumbing problems. These tools vary from tube-cutters and tongue-and-groove pliers to basin wrenches.
Even though you might buy one or two of these tools at your local hardware shop, you may not get the complete set necessary to fix plumbing problems. Additionally, professional plumbers would have the knowledge and experience of how each tool works.
For example, you might attempt to fix a pipe joint with your regular pliers. This can ruin the joint area, or worse, it might break it. Either way, using the wrong tool might cost you more to properly fix your plumbing system.
3. You Do Not Have The Expertise To Diagnose The Problem Well
To have a permanent solution to your plumbing problem, you need to know what the cause is. As a homeowner, you can do a quick online search. However, what you find on the internet will differ slightly from what you have. Additionally, the causes of a plumbing problem can vary.
For example, you might be experiencing low pressure when you open the faucets. A leak or a clog in the pipes might be the source of the problem. For this reason, it’s proper to leave it to the professionals, as they can use their experience and training to narrow down the causes. This would also help reduce the chance of more damage.
Furthermore, a proper diagnosis is essential to know what solution to apply. Solutions to plumbing problems are diverse too, especially if there’s more than one cause. As a result, if you don’t know what’s causing the problem, you may apply the incorrect solution. Therefore, leaving your plumbing problems to the professionals is vital.
Professional plumbers know how to figure out what’s wrong with your plumbing and get to the root of the problem. They know which solution works best, effectively, and permanently among the options available to fix it. Thus, it’s better to leave it to the pros instead of a trial-and-error exercise, which risks your plumbing system.
4. Your Safety Is Not Guaranteed
Dealing with pipes and water under pressure can be dangerous. Plumbers receive training in the safe handling of situations that ensure the safety of those around them and themselves. When you attempt to perform a DIY, you risk injuring yourself and endangering others.
There are components of plumbing work that require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). For example, you may deal with areas containing asbestos, mold, or hot water lines. And without prior knowledge, you didn’t put on the necessary PPE. As a result, this can cause harm to your body and health.
Therefore, it’s advisable to call a plumber to fix your problem even if you think you can handle it.
While a DIY project might seem like a way to save money and time, it can pose a bigger plumbing problem. You may escalate the issue and cause injury to yourself or others.
Additionally, you lack the right tools and expertise to diagnose and apply the correct fix. Therefore, it’s vital to involve a plumbing professional, no matter how minor the problem is.
Mark Jenkins owns a professional plumbing agency. He’s been in the plumbing industry for more than 10 years. During his free time, he enjoys cooking, camping, and fishing.