When your plumbing starts to act up, it can be tempting to try a do-it-yourself fix. But, unless you are trained in plumbing repair, trying to fix the problem yourself is usually never a good idea. At Mahon Plumbing, we know many homeowners attempt their repairs to save both time and money, but unfortunately, plenty of those repairs end in disaster. If you have been looking around Google for fixes of your own, keep these few DIY plumbing repair dangers in mind. You may end up saving yourself both money and time, and that is what you’re going after all, correct? Here are a handful of the dangers of a do-it-yourself plumbing repair.
Water Damage in Your Home
How does an in-flood home sound? Not great, right? Perhaps the biggest risk you take when you try your own plumbing repair is the risk of future water damage. And, even if the damage isn’t all that extensive, it is still more damage than you’d incur if you went with the safe route and hired a professional plumber. Flooding may sound like a dramatic end to a simple valve swap or toilet repair, but you would be quite surprised at just how many things can go wrong when you do not know what you’re doing. Areas that might flood with improper plumbing repairs include:
- Underneath your toilet
- Around drain openings
- Around dishwasher plumbing.
Hazards to Safety
If you are considering a DIY plumbing repair, consider your safety. If you don’t own the right wrenches and other tools for the job, you can’t safely perform repairs at all. Using makeshift tools and substitute tools in place of the right equipment can result in extensive plumbing damage or even injuries to you or anyone else who tries to help with the repairs.
Damaged Plumbing Components
If you are already dealing with plumbing damage, do you want to risk making the issue worse? Even the simplest of all plumbing repairs, a valve swap, can result in severe damage if they’re done the wrong way. So unless you know exactly what it is you are doing, it’s best to leave the job to the pros.
Improper Plumbing Repairs
Improperly repaired plumbing can result in leaks, but in most cases, it merely results in inefficient water flow. Although inefficiency might not be a danger necessarily, it’ll place unnecessary strain on your bank account. Some of the most common DIY repair mistakes are overtightening connections, forcing stuck valves, and installing improper fittings.
Call Mahon Plumbing Today
If you still have more questions regarding your plumbing, we here at Mahon Plumbing are here to help. We have been serving the wider Baltimore area since 1994, so we have 25 years of experience to back up our fantastic service! Call us at our Baltimore location at 410-766-8566 or our Pasadena location at 410-636-7944. Be sure to keep up with us on social media by following us on Facebook or Twitter.