3 Plumbing Problems You Shouldn’t Fix Yourself

3 Plumbing Problems You Shouldn’t Fix Yourself

Some people just have a knack for home improvement; others simply don’t want to pay for professional services. If you’re a self-proclaimed DIYer, you’ve probably fixed your fair share of home plumbing disasters. And while it’s great that you were able to remedy that shower clog, there are certain plumbing issues that should be left to the professionals. 

When a plumbing mishap is dangerous or complex, you put yourself and your household at risk if you try to tackle it yourself. You also may not have the proper tools or training, things that can actually cost you more than it would to hire a plumber. Another reason to avoid doing it yourself is for resale purposes. If a plumbing repair doesn’t meet city or state codes, it will not pass inspection when you try to sell it. For all these reasons, it’s best to call your local plumber when you encounter the following plumbing problems.

Pipe Leaks

Whether a leak is easily visible or hidden behind the walls, it should never be tackled by the average DIYer. There are just too many potential causes for a leak, from high water pressure to corrosion. So even if you are able to uncover where the leak is coming from, simply slapping putty on it is like putting a bandage on a wound that really needs stitches. 

A licensed plumber will be able to not only find the leak’s origin but also figure out the root cause to prevent it from happening again. They will also have the knowledge and skill to properly replace the broken pipe and spot any other vulnerable spots in your plumbing system. 

Broken Appliances

When you have a problem with a plumbing appliance, such as a water heater or dishwasher, it can be tempting to fix the issue on your own. Appliances are out in the open and may seem straightforward. However, these machines involve both water and electricity — two things that can be dangerous and destructive when improperly handled. Untrained hands can further damage the appliances or face electrocution. 


If you are ever unfortunate enough to find yourself with standing water in your house, yard or basement, the sooner you call in help, the better. Flooding is always bad news and the longer you let it go, the worse the damage. The problem with standing water is that its source can come from almost anywhere. If you suddenly discover a foot of water in your basement, you won’t know if it’s from a busted pipe or a cracked foundation. You’ll need a licensed and trained plumber to get to the bottom of it.

Another reason to leave flooding problems to the professionals is the water damage. Water damage remediation and restoration can be an intense and dangerous process. It often involves a team of professionals with specialized equipment to remove the water, clear any hazardous material such as mold or sewage, and rebuild damaged structures. Even if you’re an experienced DIYer, you likely won’t have the right tools or enough hands to properly manage the problem.

Call Stephens Plumbing To Fix the Plumbing Problems You Can’t Do Yourself

We hope you never find yourself in any of the above situations. But if you do, you can trust the experienced professionals at Stephens Plumbing to take care of it. When a plumbing problem is too big for you to handle, we are available any day, any hour. Our services range from indoor and outdoor plumbing to water damage remediation — there’s no job too big for the licensed plumbers at Stephens Plumbing.