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Why You Shouldn’t Do The DIY Plumbing Thing

Man failing to repair plumbing and being hit with water

Plumbing can be a messy job, but that doesn’t mean you should take matters into your own hands with a DIY fix.

Trust us, we’ve seen some real horror stories. You might think you’re saving money, but a botched job could end up costing you way more in the long run. Plus, it’s just not worth the risk of flooding your house and embarrassing yourself in front of the plumber you’ll inevitably have to call anyway.

So, let the pros handle it and save yourself the headache (and the plumber’s chuckle).

Before you do it yourself, consider this:

Safety: Plumbing work can involve sharp tools, heavy pipes, and potentially hazardous chemicals. Without proper training and safety equipment, DIY plumbers risk injury to themselves and damage to their property.

Code of Compliance: In many areas, plumbing work is subject to local building codes and regulations. DIY plumbers may not be aware of these requirements or may overlook them in an attempt to save time and money. This can lead to fines or even legal trouble down the line.

Quality of Work: Plumbing is a skilled trade, and a poorly done job can lead to leaks, blockages, and other issues. Professional plumbers have the knowledge and experience to do the job right the first time, saving homeowners time, money, and frustration in the long run.

Warranty and Insurance: Many plumbing products come with a warranty, but this may be voided if the product is installed incorrectly or by an unlicensed plumber. Hiring a professional ensures that the warranty is intact, giving homeowners peace of mind in case of future issues. Insurance claims may also be declined due to illegal installations by unlicensed installers.

Resale Value: DIY plumbing work may not meet the standards of potential buyers or home inspectors when it comes time to sell a property. This can lower the resale value or even turn off potential buyers altogether.

In short, while it may be tempting to save money by doing plumbing work yourself, the potential risks and drawbacks far outweigh any short-term savings. It’s always better to hire a professional plumber with the training, experience, and knowledge to do the job right.

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