DIY Gone Wrong - 3 Common DIY Plumbing Projects that Can Go Wrong



Soquel PlumberWhen it comes to your plumbing, a penny saved on Do-it-Yourself (DIY) may not become a penny earned. Breaks in your plumbing system can make a home uninhabitable.

While it may be tempting to take on a plumbing project with the guidance of the famous DIY shows, you will find that it may cost you much more when the project goes wrong.

Not only will the professional need to repair the original problem, but also any new problems caused during the DIY adventure. There can also be with fees, fines assessed related to legal and safety requirements that a lay person may not know are needed for the project. Drain repairs can present some of the most common and costly times that DIY can be a bad decision.

Unclogging Drains

A clogged drain can often be believed to be a quick fix. The thrifty Do-it-yourselfer will drop by the local home repair store for the tools needed to get things flowing.

Chances are, though, if you couldn't unclog the drain with a plunger, it is best to call a professional. The job may require complex tools that differ in size or use based on the area affected by the clog. A professional would not only have all of the right tools at their disposal, but is also expertly trained to understand when and how to use each tool.

Drain Lines

When installing a drain line, it is critical that the drain line has the right slope. Too much slope can cause water to move too quickly through the lines, leaving materials behind that should be swept away in the flow.

Too little slope can cause slow water movement, with the same results of clogged lines. Clogs lead to frequent use of chemicals to unclog the drain, or calling a plumber to unclog or reinstall the drain. Contacting a professional plumber up front will save more money in the long run.

Soquel DIY Gone WrongDrain Traps

If you are not a professional plumber, chances are you don't have a full understanding of how a drain trap should work. Properly installed, the drain trap provides an important barrier between your home and the sewer system, preventing pests and gases from entering your home.

A professional plumber has the expertise to not only know the right way to install the drain trap, but also the right type of trap needed for the drain repair.

We've seen too many DIY disasters. Save yourself the headache and call the professionals of Bellows Plumbing, Heating & Air at (831) 477-7150 for service in the Soquel area!