Doing your own repairs (and even some upgrades) around the house can be a rewarding process. Even if you struggle through it, the end result is all yours.
Plumbing, however, is a different story. Instead of a rewarding experience, you could find yourself in some hot water (or living with none at all). Here are five reasons to avoid do-it-yourself plumbing and to hire a professional instead.
Plumbing codes have been developed over many years and change over time. Knowledge and correct application of these codes takes training. Plumbers know how to install pipework and other components of a system to code. Neglecting these codes is not an option, as it can cause health issues and non-functional plumbing.
Professional plumbers have the correct tools to get work done quickly and with minimal issues. Unless you plan to do a whole lot of plumbing work for many years to come (in which case, a plumbing career is very rewarding), you will just waste money purchasing everything that you may or may not use.
This one goes without saying. Binge-watching how-to videos will not give you the skills you need to execute the work on your own. Keep in mind that those videos are created by professionals who have worked in the field for many years. That is why it looks so easy! Not all plumbing issues have clear solutions and not all solutions are equal. It takes experience to figure out the best and most cost-effective fix for your plumbing problems.
It can be costly
While doing the work yourself can save you money on labor costs, if you make mistakes you could end up with bigger problems than the ones you started with. These mistakes could end up costing you more in the long run.
It could lead to more damage
Leaky pipes caused by poor plumbing can result in damage to your walls, flooring, and even your foundation. In addition to paying for plumbing repair, you can end up needing a major renovation to repair your water-damaged house.