DIY home renovation has increased in popularity exponentially within the past decade. Homeowners new and seasoned, young and old, and male and female are looking to cut costs and increase their level of decision making in the process of improving their homes. While DIY projects are a fantastic way to leverage more control over your home, there are certain scenarios where you’re better off leaving the work to professionals.
1. Not Turning Off Your Water
If you insist on completing certain home renovations on your own time, it’s imperative that you don’t get overconfident. Many homeowners think that they can leave their water on while they go to “quickly” swap a part or a valve. Not only is this a bad idea in and of itself; but, if you’re being honest with yourself, you’ve probably never looked beneath your sink until today and that swap won’t be so quick after all. If you can’t get your part attached, you’ll be treated to full-force water pressure flooding your entire room and potentially dripping down to the lower floors of your home. Knowledgeable, trained plumbers turn off the water– so should you.
2. Adding a Bathroom to Your Basement
We get it– you want to be able to stay huddled in your man-cave all football season long. While it’s a respectable goal, putting a bathroom into your basement on your own is not. The fact that fewer people will see a basement bathroom tends to further embolden homeowners to take the plunge and try their hand at DIY plumbing– after all, nobody will see your mistakes! But the fact of the matter is that whether or not somebody sees the fact that your shower doesn’t drain properly or you have water collecting in corners and starting a mildew culture, those things will still be happening.
3. Landscaping Without Forethought
A vast majority of sewage and drainage problems can be traced to overgrown tree and shrub roots on a property. Plants are definitely in demand right now, and while making sure the exterior of your home looks great is essential to property values, you may want to consult with landscapers and plumbers before you make a mistake you can’t fix. Industry professionals can come to your property and perform inspections in the spot that you want to plant that perfect tree to make sure that you aren’t also sowing the seeds of sister.
4. Setting Up That Shiny New Toilet
DIY jobs and anything to do with toilets should probably never even make it into the same sentence. Working with toilets requires exceptional knowledge of pipework and water flow and how the two works together. Being without a functioning toilet is something that nobody wants to endure– it’s best to leave anything to do with the porcelain throne to the big guys. Even worse than a functioning toilet, you may be lulled into a false sense of security after a “successful” installation only to find a study surprise awaiting you at two in the morning when you need to be up for work at six.
5. Installing a Dishwasher
Don’t. The complexities of setting up water and drainage lines under the sink that won’t leave your kitchen a moldy disaster will remain a mystery to all of us for the foreseeable future. It’s rare you hear of anybody doing a quick dishwasher installation in a few days on their own; it’s fantastic that you were able to get your fridge installed on your own and that your dryer has been functioning for years now without issue after your dad put it in for you. Leave the appliance installation at that and call a plumber to install your dishwasher.
It can be hard to resist the urge to prove ourselves when we hear about big DIY projects; and some people get lucky with theirs, giving you a false sense of security regarding your own capabilities and luck. At the end of the day, it’s best that you leave plumbing projects for plumbers and focus on something else. If you’re considering installing new plumbing hardware or are in need of maintenance, contact us first.