If there is some sort of problem with your plumbing, home owners like to try and solve these problems themselves. Doing DIY as oppose to calling out a plumber can save them money but there are plumbing jobs you shouldn’t do yourself. Attempting the following plumbing jobs can do much more harm than good and are best left to the professionals.
Plumbing jobs you shouldn’t do yourself
Tough drain blockages
Trying to unblock drains can become much more complicated than pouring some liquid into the pipes. You should be very careful because some substances are in fact too strong and can corrode the pipes. If there is something awkward stuck in your pipes, please don’t try and attempt it yourself because you could do some serious damage.
Installing a dishwasher
It might sound like quite a simple task, to fit a kitchen appliance but it can be more complicated than you think. Dishwashers are often installed in awkward areas of the kitchen and it can be hard to see what you are doing properly. Any kinks or tangles in the water lines can lead to leaks, flooding and other problems.
Fitting pipes and welding
Repairs to your pipe that you might be thinking of undertaking yourself, could go wrong. If a joint needs fitting or some welding needs doing it might look fine at first but after a while it is likely that the joint will weaken. This will lead to damage such as damp or mold inside your wall, this can turn out much more expensive than hiring a plumber in the first place.
Installing a water heater
Installing a water heater incorrectly has many problems and can be dangerous. Many water heaters are operated through gas lines and fiddling with these yourself is definitely a big no no! Heaters that have been wrongly installed are likely to leak hot water which will lead to extensive and expensive water damage and mold in your home.
Water treatment installation
Water filtration systems are getting more popular and do have many advantages. If you want to install something like this, it is wise to call a professional because you will have to fit and weld pipes which we have already talked about the dangers of.
Altering your plumbing system
If you have a problem with an appliance in your home that requires you to alter the water or plumbing lines then maybe it is not such a great idea. You could cause floods or damage your plumbing system completely, costing you a lot of money to get it working right again.
Adding or arranging items in your bathroom
Remodeling your bathroom can be a great decision and can really add value to a home. However this will need items such as sinks, bathrooms and toilets to be removed/added/maneuvered. This can be a tricky job because all the plumbing for these items can connect in different ways, hiring a professional for this job is the best way to go to get the results that you want.
Changing the layout of your kitchen
As explained previously, major changes to your kitchen will require you to move items around which can badly effect the plumbing. Simple jobs are fine to try but when it come’s to adding a new sink, it’s time to swallow your pride and call someone who knows what they are doing.
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