You watch YouTube for a few minutes and convince yourself that you can do projects without professional help. Simple DIY (do it yourself) projects can be rewarding, but is DIY plumbing a good idea?
DIYer videos may say you’ll save a ton of money, but plumbing projects generally require a trained professional to do the job right the first time. Even minor mistakes are costly and do more harm than good!
In these three common scenarios, we cannot recommend “do it yourself” plumbing:
- Leave Dangerous DIY Plumbing Jobs to the Pros
Smart homeowners understand that plumbing tasks require a pro because these jobs carry a risk of injury or more costly damage.
A qualified plumber has years of training, experience, skills and knowledge that an untrained homeowner doesn’t possess:
- The best plumbers can solve many complicated problems daily without second-guessing or making errors.
- The slightest plumbing errors can cause severe leaks or line and tank malfunctions. The resulting water damage can cause harmful mould that affects everyone in the home.
Hiring an experienced and certified plumber means trusting that your job gets completed quickly and correctly. As a result, they greatly minimize the chance of any risks, and in turn, you can save many hundreds of dollars over time.
- DIY Tools Aren’t Meant for Plumbing Jobs
Does a certified plumber make the job look easy? They’ll tell you that their tools help them do the job right!
DIY-ers can mistakenly think that their off-the-shelf tools are sufficient, and that’s where things turn bad. Here’s what we mean:
- Attempting to remove old galvanized nipples with basic pipe wrenches or slip-joint pliers may well break the plumbing pipe with exposed threads left in the wall.
- The more serious a plumbing issue is, the most professional tools are required. A perfect example of this is drain relining, and there’s no way you can fix this without calling in a professional plumber for the repair.
- Professional Plumbers Know the Building Code
Are you dreaming about rerouting a plumbing pipe or extending hot water lines throughout your home? Don’t turn those dreams into nightmares!
Any changes to your home’s plumbing system require the knowledge of a certified plumber, and you may also need a permit from your town or city.
Here’s what your professional, certified plumber will do:
- First, they inspect your home thoroughly to ensure it can withstand the changes you’re looking to make.
- They will guarantee that the modifications to your plumbing system meet provincial building code standards.
- If the modifications aren’t possible, your plumb can suggest other ways to achieve the improvements you want.
Pro plumbers make the correct modifications possible, and they always complete the plumbing job the right way.
Trust Us With Your Plumbing Needs
DIY plumbing is often tricky for an untrained person, and any problem is generally deeper or more involved than what you see with your naked eye.
For the right solution, the first time, don’t DIY! Trust your gut and call your local plumbing repair service run by us, your trained and certified plumbing professionals.