5 DIY Plumbing Repair mistakes to avoid

If you rent or own your home, you understand how annoying a plumbing issue can be. Depending on the level of the problem, ‘Doing It Yourself’ can be an option. But there are a few things to think about before you start taking apart your sink. Remember, minor repairs can become major repairs if you use incorrect tools or try a quick fix.

Here are 5 DIY Plumbing Repair mistakes to avoid

1. Duct tape or Superglue
We all know duct tape is a fantastic invention and super glue is great if you break the handle off a vase, but neither of which should ever be consider a good idea when a pipe is leaking. This is the definition of a quick fix.

2. Your boiler
There are certain things I only trust to a professional, because of the health and safety concerns if I were to do something wrong. Look you are not going to perform surgery on yourself; you will go to a Dr., the same goes with boilers. If there are any issues, call a professional. Personally my life is worth more to me than £90 for a gas safety inspection, but you may feel different.

3. Plastic bin or plastic bag under your sink
Yes you are capturing the water. But do you think it will fix itself? This one boggles my mind. If you have called a plumber and you do this for a day or two until they come out to fix it, that’s understandable, but if that is your fix, you’re in trouble.

4. Chemicals
We have all been in the shop and seen these chemicals guaranteed to unclog any blockage. But if it can dissolve any clog, what do you think it is doing to your pipes. Look for only £5 a go, you can continue to pour these harsh chemicals down the drain, but eventually the pipes are going to give out. When that happens, you spent £5 multiple times to cause a big £ repair.

5. Mixing and Matching
I thought this was only something I read about in DIY plumbing gone wrong blogs. But this happens more often than you think. I understand some pipes are cheaper than others and you think it will do the job fine. But you get what you pay for.

Look, paying for a plumber or gas engineer to come out to your home is not the reason you have been saving your hard earned money. This is not a ‘want’ buy, it is a ‘necessity’ buy. But before you try and take the cheap way out and Do It Yourself, think about what happens if you do it wrong and how much it will cost.

If you need a professional plumber or gas safe engineer to come diagnose or fix any issues you may be having and you are in Southwest London, give us a call at 020 7350 2511. It is always better to hire a professional first, than to have to hire a professional to fix your mistakes.

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