Here at POM Plumbing, we really love DIY plumbing. Seeing people take learning their homes inside and out into their own hands is great! This passion for learning how things work is what made us the professionals we are today. Plus, DIY plumbing can solve your home plumbing problems quickly, cheaply, and effectively, if you do things right.
However, in the spirit of DIY, we want to ensure you do things right. That means having your home working the same or better when you’re through with it. We also like it when you are the same or better. DIY plumbing can come with some safety concerns and we’d like to go over those with you. Knowing what to watch out for when working on your plumbing is how you make the best DIY experience possible.
Know Your Approach
One of the easiest mistakes to make when working on your plumbing is not knowing how to approach it. This is usually done by going into things with too much force.
For example, if you have ice in your pipes, you might think running some hot water into them will do the trick. Actually, this is more likely to add to the pressure and lead to bursts. Bursts can turn into flooding and water damage, which are both expensive to repair.
Another common mistake in approach is overestimating the strength of individual components. While pipes are made to last many years, not all plumbing components are made the same. The parts in the back of your toilet or in other plumbing hardware, for example, can break easily. Not knowing how they work, how they fit together, or how to take them apart for inspection can lead to broken pieces. If your hardware is not recent and if it isn’t labeled with a brand or product number, you may be forced to replace the entire piece of hardware, rather than just the broken part.
The next easiest mistake to make when doing DIY plumbing is misdiagnosis. While damage to your home is possible, the more likely outcome of misdiagnosis is wasting money. People frequently think that a problem is caused by where the symptoms lie. For instance, your faucet might be leaking, but it might not be the faucet hardware that’s the problem. An inexperienced DIYer might go out and buy a new faucet, wasting time and money on a problem without solving it.
Safety and Preparation
Plumbing also comes with a number of safety concerns. Hot pipes can lead to burns, leaks crossing with electrical can lead to shocks, and rusty pipes can cause dangerous cuts. If you aren’t familiar with the area you’re working in, you’re even more likely to get hurt by it.
These safety concerns apply to careful and smart DIYers equally. It’s not a matter of intelligence that leads to injury when plumbing. It’s a matter of foresight and knowing exactly what to look for. For professionals, experience, technical training, and learning from superiors has given us a wide and expansive knowledge of how to process what we’re looking at in a plumbing setting. That’s why hiring professionals for this kind of thing will almost always end up with better results in a shorter amount of time.
If you’re set on doing the work yourself, we encourage you to do plenty of research on what symptoms your plumbing is displaying. Also, it’s important to know the value of specialized tools. Using basic tools on a specialized problem can lead to anything from frustration to causing more damage. These specialized tools are available for rental. We encourage you to learn about them and use them if you feel confident in your plumbing abilities.
For those who would rather hire quick, effective, and experienced professionals, POM Plumbing is here for you. We service the entire GTA, getting Toronto’s plumbing back in working order, one home at a time. Call us today and we’ll help you get to the root of your problem fast.