Worst-Case Scenarios with DIY Plumbing

Completing a plumbing project by yourself can help you save money and make your Highland Park, Illinois, home more efficient. However, many jobs are too complex for the average person to figure out, and lots of things can go wrong. Some of the worst-case scenarios with DIY plumbing include flooding, mold and water damage, and improperly installed equipment. A professional plumber can prevent these expensive, inconvenient problems for you and your family.

Flooding

If a home plumbing project goes wrong, you could end up with a flooded basement or living room, especially if you don’t know where to find the main shut-off valve for your water line. If your DIY project takes place outside of normal operating hours, you may be faced with an expensive emergency plumbing bill if something goes wrong. A plumber can help you to remove excess water from your home with a sump pump.

Mold and Water Damage

You might have the best intentions when you attempt repair work. However, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you could create more problems without realizing. Leaks from your work could lead to mold growth in areas that you can’t see — like under floors or behind walls.

Water from leaky pipes can increase your bills and damage walls, floors, furniture, and more. Mold often grows wherever there’s moisture, and it causes even more damage to your home. Some types of molds produce mycotoxins that worsen allergy and asthma symptoms.

Improperly Installed Equipment

Larger, more complex plumbing installations mean more can go wrong. You may need specialized tools, or you might have to move a large object, like a toilet or tub, through doors or up stairs. You could damage your home or new appliance during a DIY installation. You could also have problems with connections and waterproofing. Another important consideration is accurate sloping to ensure that pipes drain properly.

Carefree Comfort is a family-owned and operated Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer with more than 30 years of experience. We can help you to choose, install, maintain, and repair your heating, air conditioning, and plumbing systems. Call us anytime at 847-388-0115 for excellent service.

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