DIY Downfall: 3 Costly DIY Mistakes to Avoid

DIY Downfalls


If you are like many homeowners these days, you have attempted to save some money by tackling the problems around your home on your own. There is nothing wrong with a little DIY, that is, until you hit a couple unexpected roadblocks and the cost quickly escalates. If you are considering fixing plumbing problems in your home, pay attention to these three common DIY pitfalls to avoid potentially costly mistakes.



1) Leaving the water on- Before starting any DIY plumbing project, do not forget the easiest and most important step- turning off the water! This common mistake is often overlooked when small repairs are in order that you want to fix quickly. Forgetting this simple step, however, can lead to damaged pipes and fittings, as well as water damage to the surrounding areas. One sure fire way to avoid this is to shut the water off at the primary valve location. Turning off the valve before beginning your DIY project can save you time and money in the long run.


2) Incomplete or sloppy work- DIY projects typically appear manageable in the beginning. However, things can quickly escalate and become overwhelming when faced with unexpected roadblocks. If this happens to be the case, it is important to finish out and execute the project at hand rather than settling with “good enough” and moving on to tackle the next item on the To-Do List. In the face of DIY projects, remember to pay attention to City Codes, permits and proper installation for safety measures.


If you are not 100% concerning a project, call in an inspector to have a second pair of eyes check it out.  Better to call in the professionals than create unnecessary problems for yourself down the road. Skipping out on permits and failing to follow proper city codes can end up costing you a pretty penny.  Rules, permits, licenses and insurance: keep all of these in mind when planning a DIY project should allow you to avoid paying a steep price later.  Bottom line: Measure twice, cut once, its better to be safe than sorry.



3) Using incorrect and low quality materials- The third and most common DIY plumbing mistake is using poor quality and incorrect materials to tackle any DIY projects. Before jumping into a project, take a couple minutes to research the materials needed. When it comes to home repairs, quality really does matter. We do recommend comparing prices in order to get the best deal out there, but skimping on the quality of materials can lead to problems down the line and can be costly to have to fix.



If you have questions about your home’s plumbing, or you feel that the problem might be too big to fix on your own, do not hesitate to contact us today. We will be happy to discuss our drain cleaning and repair services. You can also schedule an appointment, or inquire about any of our other plumbing services. Call us at 952-933-8888 or contact us online through our website.


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