Many homeowners love to complete DIY projects. After all, it’s rewarding to finish a challenging task on your own. That said, sometimes a do-it-yourself attitude winds up getting hobbyists into trouble—especially when your home’s pipes are involved. Here’s what you should consider when deciding whether to go it alone or hire a professional for plumbing tasks.
Being Prepared Isn’t Always Enough
Whether you have a full toolbox of plumbing tools or are queuing up DIY videos to follow, being prepared is essential. That said, it’s not always enough.
- Sometimes projects can get challenging, turning a DIY into a disaster.
- You’ll need basic tools—like a tape measure—before you can get started.
- More elaborate equipment may also be necessary.
Projects May Get Complicated, Fast
Some plumbing repairs are easy to fix, or at least they appear so. But many dangers exist when it comes to hot water or wastewater flowing through pipes.
- Rain water can complicate things.
- Repairing a leaky faucet is a low-risk DIY.
- Water heaters can be dangerous; know how to shut yours off in an emergency.
- Many small issues are telltale signs of a big problem.
Plumbing Problems Often Evolve
Pipes are one thing—soggy carpet, rotten floorboards, and electrical issues are another story. Know that plumbing problems often involve other home structures, and that means higher risk.
- Extensive leaks and flooding need damage repair, not DIY steps.
- Some DIYs are even illegal to complete.
- Permits may be required, depending on the project.
- You can always ask a professional plumber for advice before hiring them.
Even if you’re a homeowner who thrives on maintaining a DIY must-do list, plumbing may not make the cut. While unclogging a toilet or insulating pipes can be straightforward, other fixes aren’t as easy. Consider whether you need a plumber before you start cutting pipes and removing fixtures.
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