DIY Plumbing Projects That Are Best Left to Professional Plumbers

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Since homeowners are routinely faced with many different types of plumbing issues, they may be wondering how they can cope. They should realize that some of these issues will require specialized attention.

Plumbers are usually capable of helping people extend the longevity of the piping system they put into place.

Trying to unclog your toilet with a plunger is one thing, but there are many DIY plumbing projects you should leave to the professionals. Here’s what to know before you try to do your own plumbing in Brooklyn.  

Tackling Renovations

Renovations are the perfect way to improve and expand the size of your rooms. When you decide to do a kitchen renovation, this can require moving sinks from the side of the room to the other. While cutting pipes might not seem that complicated, getting the sink to sit flush and creating the perfect solder on the new pipes can be a challenge. Installing the pipes incorrectly can result in a water leak that could cause significant damage to your home’s interior. In order to have an immediate solution to unexpected issues, it is best to hire a trained plumber.

Replacing a Toilet

Installing a toilet seal may seem like it is an easy job for the do-it-yourself homeowner. However, if you do not know how to properly install it you will be causing yourself more work and more money down the road. It can be very difficult to tell whether or not the seal is installed correctly or if it is not. If the toilet seal is not installed precisely, leaks will occur around the seal. It is very likely for these leaks to go unnoticed for weeks, months or even longer causing costly water damage to your home. Installing a toilet on a second or third floor could result in leaks that go through floors and ceilings in minutes.

Installing Tubs

Installing a new garden tub will open up that bathroom and definitely get some use from family members. It might appear as a simple drop and go project, but many of the connections are complicated and require a perfect fit in order for the tub to run properly. Cutting pipes and soldering joints should be left to the experts to ensure that the area does not leak. You will not notice that leaking water until it has damaged all the walls surrounding it.

Unclogging Stubborn Drains

Many homeowners rent sewer snakes and clean their stuck drains themselves, this is usually an unwise decision because most homeowners are not familiar with how to properly use a sewer snake. It is possible to lose sewer snake attachments or get the snake stuck in the pipes. It is also possible for the sewer snake to cause damage to the pipes. Now a job you thought would not cost much ends up costing more than it would have if you just hired a professional plumber in the first place.

Reasons to Avoid DIY Plumbing Projects

Here are three reasons to avoid DIY plumbing projects and to call in a professional Brooklyn plumber instead!

1) Avoid Accidents

One of the most compelling reasons to not try a DIY plumbing project is the possibility of dangerous errors. Plumbing and electrical components present a very real likelihood of an inexperienced person causing a disaster or painful accident. A simple mix up could result in scalding hot water unexpectedly flowing from a facet. Worst case scenarios include flooding and property damage from faulty hardware applications or blundered pipe construction and combinations

2) Get a Warranty on Your Plumbing Service

Other than the obvious problems that could arise from inexperienced people trying to perform complex plumbing repairs or maintenance, some of those common mistakes could also void warranties on hardware, accessories, and even homeowner insurance clauses. Fixtures that are broken due to over tightening or other installation mistakes that render the item unusable may not be eligible for replacement or reimbursement by the manufacturer. Voided warranties represent additional labor and material costs that are likely to be the sole responsibility of the homeowner.

3) Save Money In The Long Run

Perhaps the most convincing argument that people can make against DIY projects in the home is the absence of cost savings. While it may seem that tackling routine plumbing projects alone is a great way to save money, the opposite is usually true. 

When people get in over their heads, they usually need to call in a professional to finish the project. In addition, people without experience in the industry probably do not have necessary tools or equipment to take on an advanced plumbing project. The extra funds spend on these tools and an eventual certified professional are more costly and time consuming in the long run than hiring a plumber from the very beginning. It is best to leave specialized projects to professionals who have been expertly trained to do them.

Work with Brooklyn’s Plumbing Professionals

Many homeowners feel embarrassed about calling in a professional to do a job that they think they can do on their own but it is even more embarrassing to make a problem worse than it otherwise would have been. The smartest and wisest choice is to call in a professional. You will save your money in the long run and save yourself from major headaches, too.

Do you have a project in mind that requires the help of a Brooklyn plumber? Call Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning and get started today!

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