DIY Disasters: Plumbing Edition

While there are some home improvements you can easily do yourself, others are best left to the professionals. Think twice before attempting to complete certain plumbing projects. The results could be disastrous…


Water Leaks and Black Mold

The installation of sinks and tubs requires a great deal of experience. Amateurs should definitely steer clear of these jobs. If you make a mistake when installing these fixtures, expect the worse. Failing to properly attach the plumping pipes may cause a leak. Over time, even a small crack can cause water damage. Leaks in warm areas can also lead to the growth of black mold, which will jeopardize the health of your entire family.

Damaged Pipes

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to encounter a clogged drain. Hair, dirt, and grease can all cause a blockage. Many people attempt to remedy this problem by pouring chemical cleaners down the drain. Unfortunately, overuse of these products can cause the pipes to deteriorate. This ultimately means you’ll be forced to spend even more money on repairs.


When dealing with plumbing, it’s especially important to perform every step by the book. Many do-it-yourself-ers forget to shut off the water before starting a job. If you can’t find the shut-off valve in time, there’s a good chance your home will become flooded. Aside from the extensive structural damage, a flood also puts you at risk of getting electrocuted by the energized water.


Some plumbing repairs require the use of a blowtorch. This is especially true for soldering copper pipe joints. An inexperienced DIY job can create a fire hazard or lead to serious burns. Because plumbing often involves working in high-humidity areas of the home, you could be exposed to hidden mildew and mold. Mold spores are dangerous for your health, which is why it's so important to wear safety gear.

Big plumbing jobs should be left to the professionals. Contact our team online or at (480) 630-3270 to schedule an appointment today!