Yes, we know that those Nifty! videos look really nice, and make you want to try out all kinds of DIY projects, but here’s a pro-tip: never take the DIY route when it comes to plumbing issues.

Because if you do, you’ll only make the problem worse.

We aren’t here to discourage you, but with over 20 years of experience in the field, we’ve seen it all: hordes of people who have come to us after trying to ‘fix’ a plumbing issue.

Of course, if it’s something small—such as replacing a tap—sure, you can try your hand at it. It’s the bigger fish we’re concerned about here.

Here are a few rookie plumbing-related mistakes people make.

Thinking DIY Will Save You Money

One of the most common motivations people have for not contacting a local plumber and tending to, say, a leaky pipe themselves, is this: they think it might save them money. If you take care of itself, you won’t have to pay a plumber, right?

In theory, yes. But there’s a reason the plumbing is profession exists, and is so specialized. There are things we are trained to do and things we’ve been doing for the past many years. Most laypeople who do end up going with DIY instincts learn only too late that they’ve messed up. And once they have, the repair and replacement costs also increase.

In the end, you wouldn’t have saved any money—but wasted twice the amount on trying to save some.  

What Can be so Difficult in Replacing a Toilet?

Nothing, except for (a) turning all the water lines off and (b) emptying the toilet of all the water in it. Sounds pretty easy right?

That’s as long as you have a new toilet that will fit exactly where your old one was—and that is seldom the case.

If your house was made long ago, it would have a rough-in of 10–14 inches, whereas modern toilets are manufactured for modern homes—that have a 12-inch rough-in. When people going the DIY route don’t find a toilet that fits their specifications, they move the drain—now that’s a project that’s both extensive and expensive.

Who’s saving money now, eh?

What Other Mistakes Could I Make?

There are several DIY mistakes that several people make. These include:

  • Mismatched pipes, because you don’t have the right piping material. A plumber will have them all: from galvanized steel to brass and plastic.
  • Bad shower floor slope. Did you know that a shower area needs to be sloped so water isn’t allowed to sit and stagnate?
  • Over-tightened connections. Most connections are already watertight.
  • Forgetting assemblies. Of course, it’s not a layperson’s job to know how to assemble a drain pipe. That’s why we exist.

Avoid these and many more perfectly preventable hazards by ditching the DIY route and contacting us at City Plumbing and Rooter. We have amazing discount coupons for you and competitive rates, so don’t worry about the money! We serve Ventura County and surrounding areas for affordable plumbing Ventura.

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