Thinking about doing your own plumbing repairs? We understand the motivation behind it—it’s cheaper, it’ll save time, and it’s satisfying to fix your own plumbing.
But at the same time, there’s a fine line separating what’s acceptable for DIY and what requires the help of a professional. In this day and age, we have more experts than ever, so it would be a waste of your time, money, and effort not to depend on them. So before you go attempting your own plumbing repairs, consider the repercussions listed down below—there’s no shame in asking an expert of plumbing in Thousand Oaks, CA to help.
1. You Risk Wasting Your Time
You’d only ever work on a DIY project if you had the time, right? You can’t always account for the total time that a job will take—especially a job you’ve never performed before.
Even if the headline of that how-to guide promised a “quick” and “easy” solution, it’s just not a practical claim for any project, let alone plumbing. Buying the wrong part or accidentally skipping a step will only contribute to more time lost, and before you know it, you’ll have wasted several more hours.
We recommend you skip that mess entirely. Your free time isn’t worth the work you’ll be doing per-hour to fix what could be done easily by a professional.
2. Lack of Experience Can Make a Problem Worse
Here’s the problem with DIY guides: they can teach you technique, but they can’t teach experience.
What most people end up doing is finding a guide or video online and, with no other experience, try to copy what they’re seeing. After all, that’s what a how-to guide is for, right?
But here’s the problem… That how-to video or post was created for the sake of clarity and for informational purposes—it’s easy for them to skip steps. They also tend to film these videos under ideal situations, purely for the purpose of making a video that is clear and easy to follow.
In real life, it’s much messier. The unexpected problems you encounter along the way will not be covered in a video, and that’s where a lack of experience is really going to cost you time and money.
3. Average Homeowners Don’t Own the Tools Needed
Buying some wrenches or having a length of pipe cut is something anyone can do with the help of a local hardware store. However, as soon as jobs get more complicated than that, it typically requires equipment or tools that the average homeowner has no business using.
For example, if your goal is to replace your sewer line, it’s unreasonable for you to go out and buy trenchless sewer replacement equipment. Plus, you have to know how to use it.
Plumbers own these tools and know how to use them because it’s their job to do so. The cost of hiring the plumber is far less than the cost of renting or purchasing that equipment on your own, especially if you also don’t know how to use it properly.
Contact Evans Plumbing Inc today to schedule an appointment for plumbing services.