DIY Plumbing Fixes and When to Stay Away
Everyone’s an expert on everything nowadays, thanks to the Internet. While you’re newfound status as an expert on Middle Eastern affairs may not hurt anyone since you’re only sharing your opinions at your poker night, your newfound status as a plumber can seriously hurt your house if you try to put those “skills” to work. The Internet just can’t teach you anything, and there’s nothing that experience and proper training can replace.
Plumbing is a complicated system that provides essential functions for your home. There are some small things you can do yourself, but most jobs should be left to the professionals – unless you want to have to invest in repiping because you’ve done serious damage to your plumbing.
Here’s a look at some of the most common plumbing issues and whether you can DIY (or not, in most cases):
Frozen pipes aren’t usually an issue in California. Even when it’s cold, the temperature tends to be moderate. However, there are occasional cold snaps that prove that wrong, and there are plenty of parts of the state that do get freezing temperatures, so frozen pipes are a possibility for many.
The best thing you can do to deal with frozen pipes is to keep them from forming. You can do this by adding insulation to your pipes and by turning on a slow drip of water during freezing temperatures. If your pipes do become frozen despite your best efforts (or lack thereof), you should not attempt to unfreeze them yourself. The frozen water has put a great deal of pressure on the pipe, and the use of blow dryers or even blow torches (yes, it happens) can only make a bad situation worse. You could end up with more serious plumbing damage and expensive repairs. Just call a plumber to deal with your frozen pipes.
Clogged drains are a common problem, and there are common tools available to deal with it. However, those over-the-counter drain cleaners that you can buy will only end up making the problem worse. Those cleaners have harsh chemicals that can actually erode your pipes and cause more damage in the long term.
You can use a snake or a physical drain cleaner yourself, but you are likely to only clear enough of the clog to get the drain operational again. You need a plumber to get the drain completely clear. Ensuring that the drain is completely clear will ensure that the water pressure maintains the right balance and that sediment does not accumulate.
We can’t think why anyone would ever think they could take on repipe repair or repiping their whole house themselves, but it does happen – usually with catastrophic results. Like we said, the Internet has convinced people they can do anything.
There is no scenario in which you should attempt repiping yourself. You need the experience and training to know what type of pipes are best for the property, where to properly install them, the right tools and techniques to use, and so on. You should only call a professional repiping plumber to handle the job, whether it’s for a small section of repipe repair or it’s to completely repipe the house. The work will also be completed more quickly, and you’ll get a guarantee on the work.
Don’t let Google and YouTube fool you: You are not the expert on everything – nor should you be expected to be. The professionals are there for a reason. Make sure you call a professional plumber when you need one rather than risking damage to your home and potential harm to yourself.
Integrity Repipe is a top-rated repiping company in California offering repipe repair and total repiping.
Our plumbers are repiping specialists, and they can perform a comprehensive assessment of your system to let you know if you need repairs or repiping, and what the best type of piping will be for your home. With the right repairs or repiping, you will save money, protect your home, and get optimal efficiency from your plumbing system. Contact us today in California to talk with a repiping plumber about your concerns or to schedule a consultation.
Published by – Integrity Repipe Inc
Integrity Repipe Inc – Aliso Viejo, CA
27068 La Paz Rd #771
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656