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DIY plumbing can help a lot of people, until it really doesn’t!
Every residential plumbing system is made to be durable and last a long time, but of course plumbing issues always arise every now and again. Some common plumbing repairs are associated with a home’s age or general lack of upkeep, but no matter what’s causing your plumbing woes, you can always turn to the Beehive Plumbing team when you need professional support.
Growing trends like DIY plumbing have skyrocketed in recent years thanks to YouTube tutorials and other online information, and we want all of our northern Utah friends and neighbors to be thoroughly prepared before they embark on any DIY projects.
There’s a lot to unpack when it comes to the overall efficacy of DIY plumbing, so below we’ll be detailing the pros and cons of DIY plumbing that you should know about!
Pros of DIY Plumbing
Below are some of the pros/advantages of doing your own plumbing projects:
You can better understand your pipes
Every plumbing system is comprised of several types of pipes, and a lot of homeowners know nothing about their home’s pipes.
So when you invest your time into DIY plumbing, you can actually understand where your PVC pipes are (among all sorts of intricate details). So even though DIY plumbing can potentially lead to issues if done incorrectly, it’s always a learning process that some people truly enjoy.
You can learn toilet parts and make easy fixes
The same thing goes for your toilets and other plumbing appliances, because doing your own toilet repairs will force you into reading about these all-important appliances.
One common DIY plumbing project is replacing a damaged toilet flapper, because most flappers come with instructions on how to install it.
DIY plumbing can help you feel confident in doing your own drain cleaning
Some people hate doing their own drain cleaning, and this type of DIY plumbing will typically require equipment investments like getting a drain snake at your local hardware store.
Drain snakes almost always do a great job at dislodging some easier clogs, and learning how to use these tools can go a long way when you have clogs that need to be addressed.
Cons of DIY Plumbing
Some plumbing projects may seem easy enough to do as a DIY job, but not every plumbing issue can be easily resolved without professional experience. Below are some of the cons/disadvantages of DIY plumbing to keep in mind:
Going the DIY route can lead to inaccurate diagnoses
Most DIY plumbers don’t have extensive plumbing skills and knowledge like professionals do, so it can naturally be pretty risky messing around with your plumbing system. If you remove a part of your system without knowing what it is, then you could be setting yourself up for bigger dilemmas.
All of our Master Plumbers will always thoroughly examine and diagnose your plumbing system prior to doing any actual work, and because we’re a team of experts, you can count on us to properly identify what your system is going through and apply the correction solutions.
DIY plumbing projects are typically ineffective
Although YouTube can undoubtedly provide a plethora of helpful information and tips, many of these DIY approaches aren’t quite enough when you compare these techniques to those used by experienced plumbing specialists.
All of our team members have gone through years of training and apprenticeships to get to where they are today, and we make sure that we’re consistently undergoing continued education programs to guarantee that we’re updated on the most cutting-edge plumbing technology.
You won’t learn how to use plumbing tools correctly via DIY projects
Although it’s true that you can purchase drain snakes and other basic plumbing tools at your local hardware store, you won’t necessarily learn how to use these tools correctly by simply watching YouTube and applying what you see to your actual plumbing system.
Only highly skilled and trained plumbers know how to use advanced plumbing equipment, because they’ve taken the time that’s needed to learn these professional approaches.
DIY plumbing isn’t preventative
DIY plumbing is generally reactive, because people will consider a DIY project once they’re already experiencing warning signs of plumbing issues. Professional plumbers can do so much more than just fix symptoms of an issue, because they can help you ensure that your ongoing plumbing issues don’t come back in the future.
DIY plumbing often wastes money
A lot of people think they can save on their plumbing repairs by taking a DIY approach, but this often is a huge mistake that leads to even more expensive issues later down the road. Improper DIY plumbing repairs can lead to other parts of your system being inadvertently impacted, which is never good.
Although professional plumbing services may seem expensive up-front, it’s important to remember how these prices come with full customer satisfaction and guaranteed results. So in the end, you’re much more likely to spend more money by going the DIY plumbing route as compared to hiring experts.
DIY plumbing is typically dangerous
Plumbing is always pretty dangerous, which is why it’s even more dangerous for an inexperienced homeowner to conduct their own plumbing repairs. You may potentially expose yourself to harmful chemicals, mold and other bacteria while conducting a DIY plumbing job.
Professional plumbers are also often exposed to these same elements, but we’ve undergone training in terms of handling these types of on-the-job dangers.
Contact Beehive Plumbing To Learn More DIY Plumbing Tips, And To Get In Touch With Our Master Plumbers!
Beehive Plumbing is here for you and your plumbing system when issues arise, and we’ll help you out when DIY plumbing projects take an unexpected turn for the worse.
Reach out to us online or call us at 801-661-8155 to get in touch with our Master Plumbers today and let us know what your plumbing system is currently going through!