Common DIY Plumbing Mistakes Plumbers Won’t Make

Call A Plumber To Avoid DIY Issues

When you have a plumbing issue in your home and you need to get it fixed, you might think you can do it on your own. How hard is it to get out a wrench and tighten a few pipes? But before you leap into a job that could get you in over your head very quickly, take a look at these DIY plumbing mistakes that plumbers often see—and won’t make themselves.

Mistake 1: Forgetting To Shut Down The Water

It’s common sense for anyone to turn the water off to their home, or at least to the fixture they are working on, while they make a repair. But it’s not something every homeowner will think about. Unless you work on plumbing daily, it’s easy to forget the big and small details. What happens when this step is skipped can be extensive and can cause water damage to places that weren’t in danger before. It’s really best to hire a plumber for the fix so nothing like this goes wrong because of forgotten steps.

Mistake 2: Lack Of Tools

Every plumbing job requires the right tools and it’s best to have them on hand before the job is started. Planning ahead is essential and if you start a DIY plumbing project and find you don’t have the right tools, you might have to delay the job and another pipe may leak in the meantime. Tools are something professionals have on them for every job and it’s expensive for a regular homeowner to buy all of the tools they might need for plumbing issues.

Mistake 3: Using Drain Cleaner

Chemical drain cleaners can help to move a clog down the pipe so they can make it seem as if the pipe is unclogged. However, they don’t remove the debris from the pipe and they are really temporary fixes. The clog will return. Plus, drain cleaners have chemicals in them, which can harm the pipes if you see them enough. When you put chemicals for drain cleaning, you are literally pouring money down the drain for little to no reason. It’s best to call a plumber to get professional drain cleaning done.

Mistake 4: Going The DIY Route Without Calling A Plumber

The first and biggest mistake any homeowner makes when addressing a plumbing issue is not calling a plumber and deciding to go DIY in the first place. So much can go wrong with very little chance of everything going as well as it would with a plumber. Plumbers have insurance, for example, so if they get hurt, their company covers them. If you get hurt on the job? You’re toast. Plumbers have guarantees so if anything breaks down that they fixed, they’ll fix it again free. If you don’t get things fixed right? You have to pay even more to have someone else fix it again later. It just makes good common sense to contact a plumber whenever you are having a plumbing issue. If you don’t know a good one yet, call Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning for any job you have on hand.