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5 Reasons Why DIY Plumbing is Never a Good Idea

With thousands of home improvement DIY videos available on the Internet, the thought of copying a particular project or work can really be exciting. However, there is one area in your home that you should never attempt to improve or work on alone even if you are following instructions from a popular DIY video: your plumbing system.

Although numerous videos on the Internet make fixing a leaking tap or replacing a pipe seem easy, there is nothing simple about doing these things and other plumbing jobs. As such, unless you are a plumber (or even a retired one), it is best to leave any pipe repair or replacement work to the experts.

If you still think that DIY plumbing is a good idea and that everyone (including yourself) should do it, below are some specific reasons that may persuade you to change your mind:

1.    Being unfamiliar with plumbing codes can cause a lot of problems

Each country, state, or city has plumbing codes in place to ensure everything works properly inside and outside the home. These codes have to be followed to make sure that your plumbing system brings clean water into the house and takes dirty water away. Lastly, they are also crucial in making sure that water distribution in the community won’t be affected.

When you embark on a DIY project to replace old pipes or to add new ones, you can violate the local plumbing code without even knowing it. This can lead to your need to pay for city fines and taking out all the pipes you worked so hard to install.

Licensed plumbers have a deep understanding of plumbing codes and are always informed of any changes. As such, when you hire one for a plumbing project, you can be certain the installation meets all local regulations and codes.

2.    There are risks that come with plumbing repair or installation

Removing and replacing an old drain pipe may seem easy and straightforward but it still comes with certain risks.

Keep in mind that there are health risks associated with plumbing waste. You may also be exposed to harmful chemicals such as lead, mercury, and asbestos and other hazardous substances including moulds and animal droppings when you take on a DIY plumbing project.

Professional plumbers are trained to make repairs correctly and safely. They have the right tools, equipment, and gears to go through the motions of their job properly, and handle all associated risks. They can do plumbing repair and installation work without jeopardizing your health and safety, and theirs as well.

3.    Experts will get the plumbing job done right the first time

If you take on a DIY project, you won’t be too strict with yourself. You will keep saying that it’s normal to make mistakes and that you can correct or fix them later on.

However, if you keep making mistakes, you will end up losing a lot of money buying new or replacement supplies. You will waste a lot of time as well.

You can avoid these hassles and even save money if you hire a licensed plumber to handle the plumbing issue or project from the start. They have the right tools and supplies that will guarantee your problem will be efficiently addressed the first time around.

4.    You might end up buying and installing the wrong pipes

Pipes come in various types and sizes since they serve different purposes and go into particular plumbing sections. Other parts such as connections and valves come in different types and sizes, too.

Installing the wrong type of pipe in the wrong place can be dangerous since different piping materials react differently when water and other substances flow through them. The wrong size and placement of connections or valves, for instance, can cause leaks and corrosion.

Installing pipes that are too small can easily cause clogs, water pressure issues, and even burst pipes.

5.    You can save more money when you hire a pro from the start

Most homeowners choose to take the DIY plumbing route so that they won’t have to pay another person to do the job. However, you have to know that investing in professional help is always worth the money since it will save you from faulty repair or installation work.

As already mentioned, if you attempt to DIY a plumbing problem, you may end up doing more harm than good. You will waste money on the wrong supplies and with fixing mistakes.

If you’re not careful, you may even have to spend more money on cleaning services because of the mess you can end up making. This is something that you can easily avoid when you hire an expert plumber from the get-go.


Based in South Melbourne, Blue Diamond Plumbing was founded in 1985, working on new homes, repairs and commercial contracts. Over time they have grown to become some of the best plumbers Melbourne has to offer. Since 2001 the company has specialised in Emergency Plumbing and Property Maintenance, Repairs and Renovations for homes and businesses in Melbourne and inner city suburbs. Owner Rod Diamond has over 30 years experience with emergency plumbing in Melbourne’s inner suburbs.

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