Avoiding the Wet Dog Look

Avoiding the Wet Dog Look

Plumbing: To Pay Or To DIY

Darlene Stanley

Is it possible to install your own plumbing system? Are you a licensed professional plumber? If so, go for it! If not, you may want to hire one. Nowadays in the United States, there is a do-it-yourself mentality, where people prefer to attempt all of their home renovations themselves, as seen on TV, instead of paying a professional. Plumbing is not something that you want to attempt to do without some serious skill. There are several reasons for this.

Protocol and Fees

Did you know that the plumbing system of a home has to be installed up to code, or the owner of the home could get into legal trouble? If the homeowner has done the work themselves, they may have to pay a fee for going against the law, and then pay to get the job done correctly. When you hire a professional plumber, they should ensure that their work has been done under the proper permits and up to code. If there is a problem after hiring a professional, it will fall on their head. 

Safety Issues

Many of the pipes in a plumbing system are actually copper. Hence, in order to install them properly, welding will be required. As all plumbers and welders know, welding is dangerous! There is a lot that could go wrong, especially when an improper weld will result in a flood. Instead of putting your home and personal safety at risk, hire a professional.


Some people mistakenly believe that all pipes are created equal. This is simply not the case. For instance, pipes that are bringing water into the home are often 1/2"-5/8" metal pipes that are routed from city water, while drain pipes heading away from the house with sewage could be made of ABS. Not knowing which pipe to use and where could cause major problems with the water supply in your home. Additionally, in order to install these pipes, very specific tools are needed. Not having them, or using the wrong tools, could result in misfit pipes and a loose seal. 

In conclusion, if you need a plumbing system installed or repaired in your home, hire a plumber. You will not regret getting the job done correctly. You may think hiring help is the more expensive route, but is it? If the job is done poorly by someone inexperienced, it may cost more to clean up a flood in your home than to pay someone to do it right the first time.


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About Me
Avoiding the Wet Dog Look

During the summer months, I enjoy taking care of my outdoor plants and flowers. Because I live in the southern United States, my vegetation needs water almost daily. Thankfully, I have a convenient outdoor faucet connected to my home. However, I recently endured some problems with this source of water. When I turned on the faucet, I was greeted with a forceful spray of water going in all directions. Before I could gather my senses and turn the water off, I resembled my dog after she jumps into a pool of water. To avoid the wet dog look in the future, I plan to hire a professional plumber to take care of my faulty faucet. On this blog, you will learn about the benefits of securing a reputable plumber to repair your problematic faucets.