We understand when plumbing goes wrong it can be easy to think to yourself “I can fix this”, especially if it seems like a small job. While it might seem like a good idea at the time, there are actually a lot of dangers associated with DIY plumbing repairs that you may not know about. So before you reach for your at home toolbox, here are just a few dangers that could happen with DIY plumbing:
Plumbing repairs can involve sharp tools, heavy equipment, and dangerous chemicals. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s easy to accidentally injure yourself. And let’s face it, a trip to the emergency room is never fun.
A plumbing repair gone wrong can cause serious damage to your home. If you don’t properly shut off the water supply, you could end up flooding your house and if you make a mistake with the repair itself, you could end up causing even more damage, which would lead to calling in a professional plumber in the end.
In many cases, DIY plumbing repairs can actually violate local building codes. If you’re not familiar with the codes in your area, you could end up making repairs that are illegal. This could cause problems down the line when you try to sell your home or get it inspected.
If you make a mistake during a plumbing repair, you could end up causing even more damage. This could result in expensive repairs that could have been avoided if you had just called a professional in the first place.
This doesn’t mean to completely give up on DIY but if you have experience with plumbing repairs and feel confident in your abilities, then by all means, go ahead and tackle the repair yourself. But if you’re not sure what you’re doing, or if the repair is particularly complicated, it’s probably best to call in a professional.