Why You Want to Avoid DIY Plumbing

Why You Want to Avoid DIY Plumbing

Thanks to pre-packaged repair kits, YouTube, and the prevalence of do-it-yourself tutorials, DIY plumbing has become increasingly popular in recent years. Homeowners looking to save a buck might think they can tackle a plumbing problem with a DIY method—only to find themselves in deeper water than before. DIY plumbing tutorials make various repairs look easy when, in fact, plumbing systems consist of a highly complex, intricately connected network of pipes, faucets, fixtures, and drains. A mistake in one area can lead to extensive, far-reaching consequences.

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Of course, certain plumbing issues, such as a clogged toilet or sink, can be effectively addressed with a simple plunger or drain cleaning solution (though, we don’t recommend chemical drain cleaners for extended use, as they can lead to further drain/pipe damage). If, however, you attempt to unclog a toilet with a plunger and it doesn’t work, or you’re dealing with any other serious plumbing issue, it’s always best to call in the experts. A trained, professional plumber will know how to accurately diagnose a plumbing problem. Plus, he or she will have the right tools for the job, not to mention years of industry experience.

Some of the most compelling reasons to avoid DIY plumbing include:

  • You might be risking your safety: The number one reason to avoid trying to fix a plumbing problem yourself is the threat of a serious accident. Many plumbing components involve electrical hookups, highly pressurized systems, and, obviously, water. In the wrong hands, a DIY repair job can lead to accidents and injuries, such as floods, burns from scalding water, combustion, and even electrocution.
  • You could void your warranty: If your plumbing appliance is under warranty, a DIY repair job could actually void that warranty. In many cases, warranties stipulate that, in order to remain valid, the appliance must be installed and/or serviced by a professional plumber. If you attempt a DIY solution and end up causing more damage, you’ll be paying out of pocket for additional repairs or even full system replacement.
  • Poor installation can lead to greater problems: Installing any plumbing system or appliance—whether it’s a new toilet or kitchen pipes—is a complicated job that requires technical training and the proper tools. Improper installation can lead to further complications down the line, such as leaky pipes, broken appliances, and other problems. These, in turn, will cause you to need professional repairs, which can quickly add up.
  • You’ll probably end up spending more money: The number one reason most people attempt DIY plumbing is to save money. However, the likelihood of a mistake usually means that DIY plumbing projects end up costing more money, not to mention more time and stress. In most cases, it will cost you more to hire a plumber to repair a poor plumbing job than it would have to hire a plumber from the beginning.

If you’re dealing with a relatively minor plumbing issue, such as a clogged toilet or sink, it’s generally safe to use a plunger to try to resolve the issue. However, if you’re thinking of attempting a DIY solution for a major plumbing problem or installation, think again. Hiring a Tuscaloosa plumber who has years of experience and extensive training in an array of plumbing issues can ultimately save you tons of time, hassle, and money. Best of all, you’ll be able to rest assured that your plumbing system will last. At Banks Quarles, we even stand behind our work with our customer satisfaction guarantees, and we provide an upfront price quote before we ever begin our work so you’re never surprised by unexpected costs or hidden charges.

Have a plumbing problem? Call us at (205) 293-0021 to find out how we can help! We’re happy to work with your budget and scheduling needs!

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