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Plumbing – Don’t Do It Yourself

Sep 19th 2015 at 4:33 AM

Living in attached housing is a good reason to minimize or eliminate any DIY handyman projects that you are not licensed to perform. Even if you live in a single home, you still don’t want to deal with any side effects of improper plumbing repairs.

Cost concerns are generally the catalyst for do-it-yourself repair attempts. Just remember that in life you get what you pay for.

One of the added advantages of professional installation and repair is that the expert has the ability to see the larger picture. They know when an omission or error in repair will lead to a larger problem. Amateur handymen are morelikely to cut corners out of frustration, lack of information or inexperience. Serious errors will affect other parts of your home and create damage that could extend outside of the scope of plumbing repair.

The smallest leak can find its way into your walls, floorboards, and cause major damage to your home’s infrastructure. Some plumbing system modifications may involve tools that the average Joe has no business using. Metal pipes may need to be modified by someone with welding experience.

Many people use the internet as the guide for do-it-yourself projects. This could be problematic because that information may be inaccurate, incomplete, or presume previous knowledge that you may not have.

Simple do-it-yourself projects can also bear some risk. Harsh chemicals used to unclog sinks can be harmful to pipes. Repeated use of these chemicals could erode the lining of your pipes and potentially create leaks. Fixing your water heater could subject you to burn risk if the associated pipes are older or improperly installed. If the repair extends beyond adjusting the thermostat, it’s best to leave water heater repair to someone who knows what they’re doing. This is a particularly expensive appliance, and a small issue could quickly progress if handled inappropriately. Diagnosis of low water pressure may not be properly assessed without disassembling your pipes. Taking a puzzle apart is always easier than putting it back together. Reassembling your pipes and having parts leftover is not a comforting thought.

Toilets are high on the list of plumbing repairs, particularly since they serve a requisite biological need. When one breaks or clogs, the need for repair is rather pressing. That said, an improperly repaired toilet can open your home to slow leaks that can result in hazardous and unsightly mold problems. In many cases, it makes more sense to have an expert repair a toilet as opposed to trying to fix a flooding mess yourself. To access a professional plumber for clogged pipes and drain cleaning in San Marcos, click here.

About the Author:

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

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