by Zona on September 6, 2013

Don't try these at home!

 

Indianapolis PlumberFor the mechanically inclined, DIY (Do It Yourself) repairs are always a tempting option. You know how to use hand tools, right? You're a smart guy/gal and it can't be that complicated, right? Well, that can-do attitude can do a lot of damage to your house when it comes to plumbing. The potential for water damage far outweighs the relatively minimal savings an untrained homeowner will see from DIY repairs, and we probably shouldn't even mention the potential horror stories that await with sewage! You're much better off calling a plumber to help you with these.

It's true that there are very small fixes that a handy homeowner can successfully tackle, such as replacing a shower head. However, anything that involves the actual pipes from the wall outward should be left to a professional. Welding experience and specialized knowledge of plumbing systems is necessary here, as even the tiniest of leaks left by an errant DIY job represents potentially thousands of dollars in damage and mold removal. This also extends to hot water heaters, particularly those that use gas. A water leak might mean expensive repairs, but a gas leak could mean the total loss of your home, injury or death.

Appliances aren't always a great idea, either. Homeowners may feel emboldened by the relative ease of connecting a washer to the hookups it is designed for. Unfortunately, that is about the ONLY water-using major home appliance that is easy to install on your own. Dishwashers are particularly tricky due to their usually tight location in between other appliances and cabinets. Hard water softening systems require work on the main water line before it reaches any of the outlets in the home, and the treated water is higher in sodium so you'll likely want to split the lines so that the hard water is continuing to come in to things like the garden hose or a refrigerator tap. And any project that involves moving a sink or tub to get at (such as installing a kitchen counter or vanity) should also be handled by a professional to ensure that reattached fittings are not leaky.

A good rule of thumb is this: if it involves pipes and you find yourself having to look up instructions to figure out what's going on, it's better to not gamble and just call a plumber instead! Got a project in Mind? Call Griesemer Plumbing & Mechanical Service at (317) 881-9536 and let us help you with it!

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