When to Call a Plumber: 5 Plumbing Projects You Definitely Should Not DIY

Posted on March 18, 2023

There are plenty of plumbing projects that many of us can tackle on our own. But there are several plumbing tasks you should never attempt as a DIY project. These projects may seem simple at first glance, but they can quickly become a disaster if not handled by a professional plumber. Here are our top five plumbing projects you should not DIY.

A man installing a toilet, which is one of the plumbing projects you should not DIY
  1. Installing a New Toilet. Installing a new toilet may seem simple, but it can quickly become a complicated and messy ordeal. Properly sealing the toilet to the floor and ensuring a tight connection to the waste pipe is crucial to prevent leaks, which can cause water damage to your floors, walls, and ceilings. What’s more, improper installation can lead to waste pipe misalignment, which creates sewer gas leaks and other health hazards.
  2. Replacing a Water Heater. Replacing a water heater is a complex and potentially dangerous task. Attempting to do it yourself can lead to serious problems. Old water heaters must be adequately drained and disposed of, which can be challenging and potentially hazardous for those unfamiliar with the process. And replacing a water heater involves working with gas lines and electrical connections, requiring specialized knowledge and training. Any mistake during the replacement can lead to gas leaks or electrical shocks.
  3. Fixing a Clogged Line. Trying to fix a main sewer line clog can be dangerous, as it often involves working with raw sewage and toxic chemicals that can cause serious health issues. Plus, unclogging a sewer line requires expertise to identify the source of the problem and specialized tools to clear the clog. A mistake can further damage your pipes, requiring costly repairs.
  4. Installing a Shower. Installing a shower is not simple, primarily because of the drain installation. Properly installing the drain requires precise measurement and placement to ensure correct drainage and prevent water buildup. Mistakes can cause water to collect under the shower floor, leading to water damage, mold growth, and expensive repairs.
  5. Installing a Sink. Installing or repairing a kitchen sink improperly can cause leaks, inadequate drainage, and even potential water damage to your home. A professional plumber has the knowledge, tools, and experience to ensure the sink and waste pipes are installed and functioning correctly.

Attempting plumbing projects you should not DIY may seem like a cost-effective solution, but it can lead to costly damage, unsafe conditions, and future repairs. Raider Rooter has been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for even more thorough and helpful information.

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