Plumbing Jobs You Should Never DIY

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Last Updated on December 21, 2020

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When it comes to saving money as a homeowner, doing it yourself seems to be the way to go. With the right tools, a quick tutorial, and a bit of time, you can cut out the middleman and take care of problems around the house yourself. While you can save hundreds of bucks being handy, doing it yourself isn’t always ideal. This is often true for plumbing projects. 

Your home’s plumbing system is essential to your quality of life. It also a complex system that spans throughout the majority of your home. A plumbing mistake could essentially cause everything from leaks, water damage, and mold to HVAC, septic, and sewer problems. That’s why it is often best to hire an Atlanta plumber (or a plumber servicing your area) to take on the task for you. 

Plumbing Jobs to Steer Clear Of

Still not sure whether you should do it yourself or hire a plumber, below is a list of jobs best left to the experts: 

Unclogging Sewer Lines

While you may be able to pour a little solution down the pipes or use a plunger to remove a small clog from the kitchen and bathroom sinks, larger clogs should be left to the experts. This is especially true if the clog seems to be impacting your entire house. If you notice a foul smell, fecal matter, or clogs in your sinks and toilets, this could be a sign that your sewer lines are clogged. Trying to do this yourself could result in problems with your sewage, electrical lines, and personal property. Not to mention the mess you’ll have to clean up. 

Replacing Pipes

Did you find a crack in one of your exposed pipes? Perhaps it’s rusted and needs to be changed? Whatever the case is, you never want to try and replace pipes on your own. Failure to do so correctly could result in your entire house flooding leaving you with water damage and mold issues. Before pipes can be replaced, all water sources must be turned off, old pipes must be properly removed and then new pipes must be installed correctly. This is best left to a plumber. 

Repairing Gas Lines

It is never, never, never, okay to work on home improvement tasks that involve your gas lines. Since it is colorless and odorless, you could make a mistake that causes you and your family to get sick or die. Not to mention, you put your home at greater risk for catching on fire. Therefore, if you notice a leak or are having another renovation done throughout your house that involves the gas lines, you should always contact a plumber. 

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Water Heater Replacement

From the outside looking in, it might seem like no big deal to purchase your own water heater and install it. Be that as it may, this is far from the truth. Installing a water heater often requires working with gas lines and electricity. This combination, as you can imagine is lethal and is best done by someone who has years of experience and the proper equipment to protect themselves, you, your home, and your family. 

Anything You’re Unsure About

To be quite honest, you should never try to do any home improvement project that you’re unsure about. If you’re not confident about your ability to carry out each step safely and efficiently, you may not want to risk it. This is because if you make a mistake, it could end up costing you more down the line. So, if you’re hesitant to complete the plumbing task, hire a plumber. 

With the cost of homeownership increasing and never-ending, it can be pretty tempting to find ways to shave even a few dollars off your expenses. While doing DIY plumbing projects can certainly help you save a few bucks, there are some jobs that aren’t worth the risk. If you need any of the above-mentioned plumbing jobs done, remember to consult a plumber first. 

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