This year might the year of DIY, or do it yourself. Many people turn to accomplishing tasks on their own because lets face it – it’s cheaper. Or is it? If you attempt a project yourself with little or no knowledge, the costs end up being greater than what you would have spent to hire a professional.
This is why you should never attempt something when you don’t have the professional knowledge and experience. Plumbing is a huge area that people try to fix all on their own, and here are the top reasons why they can go terribly wrong.
A Clogged Drain
We’ve all been there. You go to take a shower and suddenly there’s still water sitting in the tub from last night! Your sink is clogged, and your first thought may be to run out to the store and buy some of those chemicals that you can dump down the drain and hope for the best. It may work temporarily. The water will either go down faster, or it may seem to work all together. But, then a few weeks later the same problem is back. The water won’t drain. So yet again you run to the store and buy more chemicals to dump down the drain.
This will cost you more because you will constantly have to keep buying more products, and eventually you’ll still need to fix the problem. Right now, you are not solving the clogged drain problem, rather you are covering up the problem. Having a professional come out right away will save you from buying all those chemicals, and they will get down to the root of the problem right away.
A Leaky Faucet
Drip. Drip. It’s an annoying sign, and the start of a bigger problem. You have a leaky faucet. One of the main things that you need for this project are new seat washers. A DIY project for this might turn into a disaster if you forget to shut the water off first. If you forget, you could have an even bigger, and messier problem. Another problem may arise when trying to figure out what type of faucet you have. There isn’t a one size fits all model for this. If you try buying the wrong parts for the sink, it could cause more damage. This is yet again another example of leaving it to the professionals.
Fixing The Toilet
One of the worst things to happen in a home is to not have a working toilet. It’s a necessity to have one, and many people don’t want to wait on a plumber. So, they take matters into their own hands. This is dangerous. As a DIY, you shouldn’t fiddle too much with the back of the toilet and what’s inside, because you can cause more damage. You could also cause damage trying to unclog the toilet, by getting something stuck that you’re using.
If your toilet is a total loss, and you try to install a new one, there’s a whole new crop of problems that could arise. You could not have measured the correct size, and then you’ll be stuck with a toilet that won’t fit. Do yourself a favor, seek a professional plumber. In conclusion, plumbing is a tricky thing to mess with. When in doubt, please leave it to the professionals. They have the knowledge and experience to get things right the first time. Don’t look for a quick and cheap fix, because you never know if it could end up taking longer and being more costly when you do it yourself.
We’ve seen too many DIY disasters. Save yourself the headache and call the professionals of Cole Plumbing at (334) 279-8919 for service in the Montgomery area!