DIY Plumbing Disasters—Cautionary Tales

I often caution people when it comes to a DIY plumbing job around the home. I completely understand the desire to save money and the feeling of accomplishment when doing DIY jobs, but as a plumber myself, I know the consequences (expense and danger) of a job gone wrong. “Simple” DIY internet tasks can quickly turn into a disaster. I kid you not, I have seen a simple replacement of a toilet seat end up costing well into the thousands! It’s important to know when it’s time to call in a professional plumber.

Most DIY plumbing disasters are caused when a homeowner doesn’t know what he/she is doing. Before attempting any project make sure you’ve done your homework and not only know the scope of the job but also have the tools to complete it. The most important part of this—be able to admit when the job is beyond your ability and call in a professional. If you have a water leak that won’t stop, don’t wait until you have major damage before getting a professional involved.

DIY plumbing projects can seem like a great option when trying to save money, but keep in mind the potential costs if you cause damage to your property. In the example I gave above, about the Yourselfer got frustrated trying to remove the bolts. He ended up using a chisel and hammer on them, which cracked the toilet causing water to overflow, resulting in major damage to the bathroom and ceiling below before he was able to get to the basement to turn the water off. I guarantee he wished he’d called a plumber!

Another major consideration if you’re thinking of doing a DIY plumbing job is your own health and safety. You may be exposed to harmful chemicals or gases, animal feces, mold or other hazardous elements, which can cause illness or even death. Plus, you could come into contact with gas or electrical lines. Trained professional plumbers know how to handle these risks. Even doing online research isn’t going to give you the expertise you need to handle these dangers.

Professional plumbers are required to stay up-to-date on plumbing and building codes for safety and resale reasons. The money-saving DIY plumbing project that may have seemed like a good idea at the time could cause the sale of your property to be postponed or even canceled if it doesn’t comply with regulations. Hiring a professional plumber will ensure the job is done correctly and safely.

Get Help from a Plumbing Pro in Orlando

Even though you might think you’re saving money with a DIY project, the results can be anything but cost-saving. Avoid a DIY disaster and hire a professional plumber. Trust me, your wallet will thank you later! If you are in the Orlando, Florida area and need plumbign help, give Rainaldi Home Services a call (407) 413-9795 or schedule service online.