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Do It Yourself Now, Pay More Later

Sep 19th 2015 at 4:14 AM

Hubris isn’t cheap.Fixing a plumbing problem yourself can be a tempting idea, particularly if you happen to be pressed for time or money. Novice repairmen, beware. Any mistakes you make can increase your outlay of resources exponentially. That expensive plumber will seem worth every penny in hindsight.

Pricey installation services can drive individuals to attempt services they’re not qualified to perform.Basic repair includes servicing clogged drains, running toilets, and leaky faucets. The cost to fix a novice mistake can be substantially more than that. Plumbing is a licensed profession that is regulated in every state. Severe consequences ensue from improperly installed or serviced plumbing fixtures.

Novice installers commonly mess up the installation of sealants, resulting in mold which can be hazardous to one’s health and the structure of the property. Warm, moist areas can also be a magnet for insects who are happy to move their colonies into warm, dark, wet places and wreak havoc on your home. Sealants can prevent sewer gases from spreading into the air. When fixtures are improperly installed, disagreeable odors from fumes can potentially accumulate to toxic levels.Repairs can also be extremely time consuming, particularly if they are not fixes that you perform on a regular basis.

Professional installers are familiar with the requisite tools and parts and can prevent recurring issues. Once one has identified that a plumbing project is out of their purview, a licensed professional must be called in to assess the damage. This often means that the incoming expert must first repair the damage that the initial repair attempt caused.

Additionally, many people who choose to undertake home plumbing projects get their information from the internet. Clearly, the internet can be a valuable resource for information mining. However, unlike a data you would find in a book, the information on a website may not be verified.

When doing repairs that can be influential to the condition of your home, using an unverified source could be catastrophic. Imagine replacing your own toilet and botching the installation by using faultyinstruction. Your home is subsequently flooded, followed by mold growth. Now you have to hire a team of professionals to fix your faux pas and then ultimately get your toilet installed properly.By the time you pay for someone to replace flooded carpet, get rid of a mold problem, exterminate a fledgling insect nest, and then finally install a properly sealed toilet, you will have paid significantly more than you would have paid had you just called a professional. Click here to find a licensed plumber in Carlsbad who could end up saving you money in the long run.

About the Author:

Bob puts his many years of plumbing experience to good use by writing on various plumbing topics on his blog at

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