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5 Plumbing Services You Shouldn't DIY
Avoiding the costs associated with hiring a professional plumber can seem ideal, but there are some plumbing services that should always be handled by a professional. Below are five plumbing services/situations that you should never DIY, but rather should always be fixed by a professional.
1. Unclogging a Blocked Sewer Line
Unclogging your sewer line is not a DIY plumbing job since it is almost always inaccessible. Even if you are able to access your sewer line, you will still require special equipment that you probably don’t have. Attempting to fix sewer line clogs without professional help is courting disaster. If you don’t unclog your sewer line properly, it can lead to sewage backups, which can cause serious damage to your property and pose serious health risks.
2. Gas line Repair
A gas line repair is one of the most dangerous plumbing repair jobs to attempt if you lack experience. If you suspect that there’s a gas leak in your home, leave at once. Using electronic devices such as light switches can increase the danger. A gas line repair should be done right to avoid injury and ensure that the source of the problem is properly addressed.
3. New Water heater Installation
If you have recently bought a new water heater, you should avoid the temptation of doing the installation yourself. After all, water heater installation means dealing with 240 volts of electricity, and if you do it incorrectly, it may lead to serious injury or even fatality. You should hire a professional to ensure that the job is done quickly, safely, and securely.
4. Pipe Replacement
Pipe repair is not a plumbing job that sounds too difficult, but the truth is that it can be tricky. DIYers often revert to patching leaks, which unfortunately is a common mistake since products used to patch leaks are designed for temporary situations.
Pipe replacement is usually the best way to repair a leaking pipe. Unfortunately, when DIYers attempt to do pipe replacement themselves, it often leads to another mistake of mismatching pipes. A professional is your best bet when it comes to pipe replacement to ensure that everything is done right.
5. Underground Repair Jobs
Underground plumbing repair jobs can also be dangerous when attempted by a DIYer. In most situations, specialized plumbing tools are needed to fix the problem. In addition, some jurisdictions have laws in place that require individuals to contact local authorities before digging to avoid damaging underground infrastructure. A professional plumber will first obtain the necessary permission and ensure that the underground plumbing repair job is handled right.
Attempting to fix any plumbing issues yourself might be tempting, but it is important to avoid any DIY plumbing jobs. You will save yourself the hassle of even larger plumbing issues caused by a poorly done plumbing job. Now that you know about the 5 plumbing services you shouldn't DIY, remember to get in touch with a professional plumber if you experience plumbing problems in your home or business.