What are the Risks of DIY Plumbing Repairs?

Mahon Plumbing Risks DIY Plumbing Repairs

There are several risks to consider when you decide to attempt DIY plumbing repairs—you might end up with a bigger problem in the end.

When your home starts experiencing plumbing problems, it can be really tempting to grab the closest wrench and attempt to fix it yourself. We get it—waiting for a professional plumber when a critical aspect of your home is malfunctioning can be inconvenient. However, it’s important to be very careful when you’re planning to take on DIY plumbing repairs. The thing is, plumbing issues can be difficult to diagnose for the inexperienced, and they can be even more difficult to repair if you’re not entirely sure what the core problem is. Due to this, we always recommend calling in a professional plumber when things go wrong rather than attempting to repair it yourself and risking an even bigger problem.


If you don’t have any experience diagnosing and repairing plumbing, one of the most common risks of DIY plumbing repairs is misdiagnosing the problem. If you misdiagnose the issue, any steps you take to repair it won’t be effective. Not only will the hopeful repairs be ineffective, but they could actually cause new problems or make the current issue worse.

Causing a New Problem

If you choose to attempt DIY plumbing repairs, you could actually end up causing a new problem—even worse, you might cause another problem without solving the initial problem. Once you’re dealing with compounded plumbing problems, the cost to fix these issues will go up. This is especially true if you create a plumbing emergency that requires immediate intervention, such as flooding.


When you start messing around with plumbing, you need to respect the fact that all of the water for your home is supplied through the pipes. If you’re not careful, you could experience serious flooding that can cause extensive damage to your home. If you aren’t sure about what you’re doing and lack experience, it is often better to call a professional plumber and let them handle your issue to ensure that the job is done right without causing more damage.


Plumbers are equipped with all of the right tools for the job, and they have the knowledge and experience to handle them. When you decide to perform DIY plumbing repairs, you’re often working with whatever you have lying around the house. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for people to suffer from injuries related to trying to perform plumbing repairs with incorrect tools or tools they’re unfamiliar with. 

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.

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