DIY projects have never been more popular. It seems that there isn’t a thing one can’t make or repair on their own. Not only can these be fun for those who are handy, but they save them a lot of money since they do not have to hire a professional crew. To be honest, in most cases, this is the main reason why people opt for doing this on their own instead of employing someone.
However, there are numerous problems that should not, under no circumstances, be turned into a DIY project. There are two reasons for this. First of all, unless you know exactly what you are doing, the chances are that you will make the matter worse. Secondly, it can be dangerous, especially when it comes to electricity, for example.
In this article, we will focus on plumbing issues. These are bound to happen, sooner or later, regardless of your efforts to prevent them. So, we will discuss some of the most common problems, according to lpgs.com.au, that you should never try to fix on your own.
Unclogging a sewer line
First things first, this is one of the most common problems that occur in households, and it is definitely something that you shouldn’t treat as a DIY project. Firstly, in most cases, sewer lines are in an inaccessible area, meaning that even if you wanted to try to unclog it, you wouldn’t be able to reach it.
Furthermore, this is never a simple task. To put it mildly, there are multiple tools and pieces of equipment that must be used, and you don’t possess any of these. No, we are not talking about the pieces you might have in your garage or some that you can purchase in the store. There are specifically made and used only by experts. So, next time you experience a problem like this, don’t waste your time and effort trying to do it alone but contact local experts and ask them for help. In addition, attempting to unclog a sewer line oftentimes leads to further damage, which means that not only you won’t be able to resolve the problem, but you will also probably end up paying for additional repairs.
We cannot stress enough how dangerous these can be, and you probably already know this. If you suspect that there is a gas leak in your household, it is crucial that you notify professionals and leave immediately. No, it cannot wait a day or two, and you cannot use any electrical devices, you shouldn’t even touch the light switches.
Besides causing fire, gas is very poisonous, meaning that it has numerous effects on your body and health, the most common of which are headache and nausea. Naturally, simply due to the danger that it can pose, not only to your family and household but also to everyone else in your close vicinity, you should never try to repair a gas leak on your own. Never!
Installation of new appliances
If you are a handy person and are familiar with how some appliances work, you might be able to install a new dishwasher without anyone’s help. Still, it might be a good idea to have a professional around, even only to inspect if you have done it correctly. You should be extra careful when connecting appliances to the main water line simply because you can unintentionally cause some damage, which can lead to some more serious issues.
However, when it comes to installing and even repairing a water heater, it is another thing you should always leave to professionals. It’s a mix of water and electricity, so do we really need to explain why you should never take on this task unless you are in that line of business? Not only can you hurt yourself during the installation process, but faulty firing can pose a danger for quite some time if you didn’t install the appliance properly, even if it seems you did.
Patching leaky pipes
There are way too many videos online on how to quickly and cheaply patch a leaking pipe. So, it is no wonder why many people think of this task as another DIY project they can complete with a little help from video instructions. If you have ever done this, you are probably wondering why we are listing it as one of the repairs you should never do on your own.
The thing with these “hacks” is that they are only a temporary solution. It might seem that they solved the problem perfectly, but the truth is that they most certainly didn’t. You can use these as the first line of defense to prevent the flood in your home, but you have to hire an expert to come and deal with it as soon as possible.
What’s more, the same thing goes for replacing the old and damaged pipes. You cannot imagine how many issues you can cause by not choosing the right replacement, that is, by not matching the lines perfectly, and by not completing the task correctly.
Low water pressure
Without a doubt, this is the most common problem households are faced with, and at the same time, it is the most frustrating one. There is nothing worse than the low water pressure in the shower or sink. Alongside the fact that it is nerve-wracking, it can also increase the consumption of water simply because you will need more time to clean all the pots and pans.
There are numerous things that can cause this issue, everything from broken valves and leaky and blocked pipes to underground damage. Once again, whatever the problem is, you cannot fix it on your own. Firstly, if it is some underground issue, you will not be able to locate where it is exactly. Furthermore, if there are some blocked pipes, as already discussed, not only would you need specific tools to unclog them, but in most cases, you wouldn’t be able to access them.