When you own a home, you may always be on the lookout for ways to save money on maintenance expenses. Plumbing, in particular, can be expensive when you need repairs. While you may be tempted to do some of your own plumbing work, there are several reasons why you should avoid doing so unless you have professional training to perform residential plumbing services. Here are some mistakes you could make by doing your own plumbing without experience:
You Use Temporary Solutions
When you have a problem with your home's plumbing, you will want to have it repaired as fast as possible. Damaged plumbing is a major inconvenience and can interrupt your life immensely. However, you should not try to hastily repair any part of your plumbing yourself to get the job done faster. For example, if you have a toilet clog that you cannot plunge, you may be tempted to pour toxic clog remover into the toilet bowl. Unfortunately, this is terrible for your toilet and plumbing system and can cause further damage. Plumbing problems will not suddenly fix themselves, and quick fixes are just prolonging a problem that likely has deeper-rooted problems.
You Buy the Wrong Piping
If your pipes need to be replaced in some parts of your home, sizing is key. Plumbing piping has to be placed in a particular way for your water and waste to properly drain and for water to flow properly into your home. When you shop for pipes, they will all look the same. However, there are a plethora of sizes, shapes, and types to choose from. This can be confusing. When a millimeter can impact the effectiveness of your plumbing, it is best to let your professional plumber determine which piping you need.
You Do Not Know How to Install a Fixture
If you need to change out a plumbing fixture, you have to know what you are doing before you perform the installation. The small pieces and parts are all essential to the functionality of the fixture. If you need to install a faucet, you have to do more than just remove the old faucet and replacing it with the new fixture. If you forget a small part during the installation or install the faucet incorrectly, chances are your faucet will leak or not work at all. If you allow a leak to remain, you could even do damage inside your walls if the water gets into that area. If you need a fixture installed and you have never done it before, consider hiring a plumber to do it for you.