Plumbing For Amateurs: 5 Honest Truths About DIY Plumbing

You dropped your wedding ring down the bathroom sink. Your toilet is clogged after your children tried to hide their poor math tests. Your kitchen trash compactor is on the fritz again after you attempted to throw away your mother-in-law’s delicious(?) casserole.

When these things happen, your plumbing begins to falter, and this will impact your quality of life. To remedy the situation, you try to solve the problem on your own. Despite your desire for some good old-fashioned do-it-yourself (DIY), you only exacerbate the plumbing issues.

And this is why plumbers often encourage you to refrain from exercising DIY plumbing.

If plumbers could be honest with all of their customers, they will provide a list of honest reasons why you should never attempt to fix the entire home’s plumbing. Can you handle the truth?

Here are five honest truths every plumber will tell you about DIY plumbing:

1. You Will Only Make Things Worse

Yes, most of us can solve a clog in the toilet with a plunger. However, what about serious issues, like broken pipes and leaks? These aren’t things that you can’t remedy.

In fact, plumbers will say that you will only make things worse. That tiny leak that has been annoying you for months? Well, you could very well create a mini-flood in your washroom.

2. You Will Spend More Down the Road

Since you will inevitably cause even more problems when you try to fiddle around with the plumbing, you will spend more down the road. What could have been a minor repair, has now morphed into a massive plumbing affair that will keep your kitchen sink or bathroom out of commission for an entire day, until the plumber arrives to your home.

And, of course, this could set you back hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

3. You Don’t Have the Proper Tools

Even if you have the acumen to solve a plumbing problem, you don’t have the proper tools or equipment to fix it. And therein lies the problem: you need the tools to repair your plumbing.

You may have a plunger, duct tape and a bucket, but you lack pipe cements, drain openers, mini tube cutters, faucet installers or compact threaders. These are essential factors, and you will often notice these tools in the back of a plumber’s truck or van.

4. You Won’t Solve More Serious Problems

Plumbers have the knack for determining if a major plumbing issue is on the horizon. Because you do not have any plumbing experience, and have never trained to be a plumber, you do not have this knowledge.

So, you may have applied a band-aid solution to a minor leak or clog, you are unaware that an immense plumbing issue is about to commence. This is why you need to hire a plumber.

5. You Will Inevitably Call a Plumber

Speaking of which…

In the end, after all of the work you have put into your plumbing matters, after all of the frustration and cussing, after all of the hassle you put yourself through, you will ultimately end up calling a plumber to come to your home immediately. And this is what you should do right away in the first place.

We have seen plumbers a thousand times fix a leak under the kitchen sink or ensure water rises faster in the toilet. We have seen Bob Vila or Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor do it. So why can’t we? Well, because you’re not a plumber who has worked with many, many different types of sinks, toilets, drains, houses, sewer lines and the list goes on.

You may have the right intentions by trying to employ some DIY measures. But you know what they say about good intentions. Avoid the headaches, avoid the high cost, avoid making things worse. Go ahead and just hire a plumber.

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