The Dangers of DIY Plumbing “Fixes”
The feeling of accomplishment you can get from completing a DIY project can quickly be extinguished by the discovery of a mistake. Plumbing, HVAC, electronics, etc. are all complicated topics which demand rigorous knowledge. Sometimes you shouldn’t try to do it yourself.
There are too many examples of fixes and upgrades that are best left to the professionals for us to list, but we can consider their negative consequences:
Dangers of Mistaken Plumbing Fixes
Some problems can be better avoided if you’re familiar with their common causes. These issues can crop up both during and after the fix.
- Water corrosion – if you’ve ever forgotten to turn your shutoff valve before embarking on an appliance fix or stripped a valve’s threading during a replacement, then you’ve likely exposed your home to acute or chronic spills which lead to water corrosion.
- Leaks big and small – missing a leak in the walls or incorrectly tightening a joint in your plumbing can lead to a drain in your bank account and trickle into some serious damage to your house.
- Water quality – whenever you’re installing a device like a water softener or even adjusting your current plumbing setup, like changing your water heater’s heating element, there is always a chance that your DIY project could lead to the pH, salinity, heat, or other quality of water in your home worsening.
- Mold/Mildew – it’s surprisingly easy to create an environment hospitable to home-destroying mold or mildew, which is why you need professional vigilance when it comes to dampness or leaks.
- Clogs – you may have had great success unclogging your pipes before, but that doesn’t mean you should tackle every clog because some obstructions, such as sewer line blockages or root balls deep in the pipes, can cause more damage if dealt with improperly than left alone.
The bottom line: be smart by not tackling problems that require professional attention. If you need a pro team with over twenty years of tested service, then call Ohio Buckeye Plumbing, at (440) 283-9377.