Why DIY Plumbing Costs You Money
Sometimes plumbing issues pop up seemingly out of nowhere. When they arise, most people’s first reaction is trying to fix the problem themselves. There are many ways this can go wrong and end up making the problem worse or creating entirely new problems. Here are some reasons why it is best to call a professional when it comes to dealing with plumbing issues.
Damage or Burst Pipes
Pipes have to be handled with care because one wrong move can make things much worse. Damaging a pipe can easily result in flooding which can ruin the plumbing, your home and appliances, and even cause havoc outside of the home. Many DIY-ers often forget to consider their water pressure. Since water pressure is delicate, there are many ways to affect it accidentally which can easily result in a damaged or burst pipe. Once a pipe gets damaged or even bursts, the costs to fix your plumbing end up way higher than it originally would have been due to all the extra damage.
An improper repair may not always be obvious at first. An improper repair will result in a slow drain on your bank account as they lead to leaks and inefficient water flow. This will cause the water bill to slowly go up over time. And when the problem is rediscovered, it will need to be fixed professionally which could have been done the first time. Once again, it is best just to call one of our licensed plumbers (440) 283-9377 to have your pipes looked at before it ends up demanding more money in the end.
There are two forms of water damage that can be the result of a DIY gone wrong. Flooding is the most obvious risk, but it doesn’t just result from damage to the pipes. For example, if a valve won’t budge and you use a little extra force to open it, this can very easily result in the valve breaking. When this happens, water will just go everywhere. This will quickly result in a day spent cleaning up after the flood and assessing the damage to your belongings.
Instead of a flood, it could be a leak from a faucet that was properly fixed or a pipe not fully tightened. When a leak occurs, there may not be as much damage visible at first but if the leak continues over time it can be detrimental to the affected area. For example, if you do not properly repair your toilet it can lead to the floorboards around the toilet getting damaged to the point where they might need to be replaced.
Your plumbing is a delicate system. One wrong action can result in a much higher overall cost in the end. Turn the valve wrong and break it? You have to replace the valve and deal with any potential water damage. Try to fix the toilet and it stops working? Now you have to buy a new toilet and get it installed. Plumbers are trained to handle plumbing systems with care to make sure they do not cause any damage along the way.
The entire point of DIY plumbing is to save money by not hiring a plumber. However, this will very often result in your overall cost ending up higher if anything else ends up getting broken or messed up along the way. This is why it is best just to call a plumber out even for what may seem to be an easy fix, because you never know what could go wrong.