The Dangers of DIY Plumbing
In most instances, embarking on a DIY home project can save money and create fun memories for the family, but there are some instances where doing it yourself can cause more problems than it can solve. Generally, the problem is straightforward, but plumbing is not an easy fix. If corrected improperly, the problem can multiply and end up costing more than it would if homeowners had called the professionals first.
Water and sewer lines are a delicate and intricate system that runs under the home’s foundations and throughout its interior, efficiently pulling and pushing the desired substances to their designed location without a second thought. Once one of these lines is damaged, the system can be a hard code to crack to the untrained eye.
Inexperience Means Guesswork
To the untrained eye, a problem may seem simple but be something entirely more detailed. For the normal homeowner, a simple crack in the piping looks like a trip to the hardware store for some sealant, but the professional knows the real secrets.
Plumbers are highly trained, certificated, and insured to spot, diagnose, and repair damages that homeowners may overlook or not even see. Homeowners can pick up on the signs that there could be an issue somewhere in the plumbing, but it takes a professional to find the problem accurately. Hiring experts can help homeowners take the guesswork out of the equation and avoid misdiagnosing their plumbing!
Repairs Take Extra Time
Once a problem is identified, the homeowner would have to research and then make a trip or two to the hardware store to gather the correct equipment for the job. Professionals would not need these trips and time spent researching the potential cause of a leak or crack if a homeowner executed a quick call to a plumbing company. A full weekend with the family and friends could be wasted by not calling the professionals and trying to solve the problems themselves.
There is another factor that homeowners negate when trying to fix things by themselves. And that factor is the serious risk of damage that DIY plumbing can have on the plumbing system and health risks for the homeowner. Because the homeowner is not an expert and is most likely not certified in dealing with water and sewer lines, there is a higher chance that another problem could occur while trying to solve the first one. Or the increased chance for the homeowner to injure themselves while trying to save a few bucks.
Mistakes Create Extra Costs
With the added risk of damaging the plumbing further and the increased risk of injury to the homeowner, the cost of trying to DIY plumbing repairs also increases exponentially. Even if everything goes right and the problem is solved, there are many more costs to fixing plumbing issues through DIY methods than calling an expert.
A professional can pull onto a job site with a van or truck equipped with everything they need to handle plumbing problems. Homeowners would have to purchase or rent any tools and equipment they don’t already have. Plus, because professionals are insured, that saves homeowners a ton of money if something goes wrong. Homeowners may be liable to cover costs out of pocket if an emergency happens during DIY plumbing repairs.
About Fitzgerald Plumbing
Fitzgerald Plumbing has over a decade of experience serving its neighbors in Lakewood, CA, and the surrounding areas. They provide same-day service, straightforward pricing, and estimates. Call them today for plumbing services in Lakewood, CA.