When DIYing Your Plumbing is NOT a Good Idea

It’s the age of DIY and, with so many YouTube videos available on everything from how to change your own oil to how to build a house, more and more people think they can handle their own issues instead of calling in experts. While this can be a good idea in many situations and with a number of projects, trying to fix your own plumbing problems is usually not one of them. While it’s fine to plunge your own toilet if it gets a bit clogged with toilet paper or pour some Drano in the tub train to dislodge some hair, it’s another matter altogether to handle larger plumbing issues.

Why is DIYing Your Plumbing Dangerous?

The plumbing in your home or business is interconnected. If you don’t know know what you’re doing, it’s very likely that you can make the problem worse by damaging the larger system or by doing a quick fix that completely ignores the larger issue that’s causing the problem in the first place. While you may see a leaking pipe and think some silicone tape will fix the problem on the cheap, a professional plumber may see the same situation and realize there’s a larger problem that needs to be addressed. It’s the same as ‘fixing’ back pain with ibuprofen. Though it may address the issue in the short-term, it ignores the underlying issues and can lead to disastrous consequences.

Why Should I Call a Professional Plumber?

If you have an issue more serious than a simple clogged toilet or drain, you need to call a professional plumber who is experienced, licensed, and insured. Here’s why:


How many plumbing issues have you seen in your life? If you’re not in the industry, your experience is likely limited to a few clogs, a leaking water heater, and maybe a burst pipe or two. Plumbers, on the other hand, get to see (and fix) every problem involving pipes and water imaginable. Not only do they get to experience it, but they’re also trained to diagnose and fix whatever those problems may be.

The Right Tools 

No matter how comprehensive your set of tools, there’s no way you have the equipment that a professional plumber has at his or her disposal. Drain augers, pipe cutters, slip joint pliers, blowlamps, telescopic tube cutters…the list could go on and on! What it boils down to is that a professional plumber will arrive with the right tools for the job and if he doesn’t have them, he’ll get them!


If you’re messing around with your pipes and accidentally cut something that shouldn’t be cut…what do you do then? Probably hire a plumber to come in and fix what you screwed up at twice the price it would have cost to have them do it in the first place. If a plumber messes something up in your home, on the other hand, they’ll fix it for free and many also offer warranties for their work in case something happens in the future. This peace of mind is invaluable when it comes to the inner workings of your home.

Plumbing can be a very complicated issue and it can end up costing you hundreds or even thousands of dollars if problems are not handled correctly by a professional. If you have plumbing issues that go beyond a simple clog, you will always benefit from calling in an expert Omaha plumber like those at ASAP Appliance & Plumbing Services.

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