5 Reasons to Avoid DIY Plumbing


If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you take a lot of pride in your home. Not only that, but when it comes to a repair or improvement, you take pride in the tradition of do it yourself.

DIY home improvement is nothing new, but it’s not always as easy as most people think. This is no less true for plumbing, which involves a lot of knowledge and skill to get the job done and make sure it’s done right.

Before you take on a DIY plumbing project in your home, take a few minutes to consider these reasons why you should call a professional instead!

1. You May Not Understand the Underlying Problem

Plumbers are experts who are trained to assess a problem, identify its root cause, and fix it. Our plumbers at Carter Quality Plumbing, LLC do just that, and many years of experience have taught us that sometimes the underlying problem isn’t always what it appears to be.

Take a leaky faucet, for example. Most people would assume the problem with a leaky faucet begins and ends with a loose fitting. An experienced plumber, however, knows to check for not only that, but also a bad O-ring, worn-out washers, and even water pressure from hard water buildup.

2. You May Not Know the Most Effective Solutions

Just as many homeowners may not know how to properly diagnose a plumbing problem, most don’t know the best solution for any given issue.

A common plumbing problem in any home is a stuck or slow drain. Most people immediately reach for drain cleaner to fix this problem, but most of the time these caustic chemicals don’t work or only temporarily unstuck a drain. A plumber knows that drain cleaners are bad for your pipes and will try more effective methods, such as snaking or hydrojetting, to remove blockages and blast away buildup.

3. You Don’t Understand How Plumbing Works

Plumbing may seem simple enough to grasp, but it’s not. If it were, professional plumbers wouldn’t be professionally licensed and spend years in education and training to get their licenses. Making assumptions about how to fix a problem without the knowledge, skill, and experience a plumber has can end up costing you a lot more in time and money – especially if your DIY solution makes the problem worse!

4. You Don’t Know the Plumbing Code

One of the reasons to hire a professional plumber is that this professional understands the laws and policies that govern residential plumbing. A DIY plumbing job, whether a repair or remodel, can actually hinder the sale of your property or present a looming danger if it doesn’t adhere to the Uniform Plumbing Code or your local ordinances.

5. You Might Damage Your Home

Professional plumbers benefit from their experience in that they not only know how to diagnose a problem and fix it, but they also know how to ensure their solution won’t cause unintended damage. Most DIYers don’t have this level of awareness because they lack the expertise that a professional plumber has.

The next time you’re tempted to do it yourself, don’t! Get help from experts who will get the job done right. Our crew at Carter Quality Plumbing, LLC is here to support our customers and deliver long-lasting solutions to any plumbing problem or need.

For more information, contact us online or call (803) 998-2270 now.