Be Safe, Not Sorry: The Plumbing Jobs You Shouldn’t Tackle At Home

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Authored by Claire Small
Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 9:53am

Many people enjoy a little bit of home improvement every now and again. Learning a new skill can give a real boost to your confidence, not to mention saving you a few pounds. Everyone should be aware of their own limitations though, and when it comes to tasks like plumbing, there are some jobs you should always call the professionals in to help out with. 

Find out why it’s better to be safe and not sorry with the plumbing jobs you shouldn’t tackle at home. 

Know your own limits

Recognise which projects are simply too big or extensive for you to tackle and then arrange to call in professional plumbers. The chances are that if you try and tackle a job that is too complex, you could do more harm than good.

If your house is older and therefore has an older plumbing system in situ, then you’re always better off seeking professional help. Professionals are better placed to know the ins and outs of older plumbing technology, and will also likely have a better supply of tools to tackle such jobs on older systems. 

Never modify pipes

Always avoid modifying pipes or pipelines without professional assistance. That’s the advice that plumbing services such as will give to anyone who needs this kind of repair. Often a plumber will need to use a propane torch to weld (braze) them and fix any issues. Unless you’re experienced and know exactly what you’re doing, then this can be a very dangerous process. 

Don’t change or modify sewer lines

Any modifications that require either the extension of hot water lines or changing sewer pipes should also be left to the professionals too. This is not only sensible for you, as the homeowner, but in the case of sewer repairs is also good common sense in terms of your close neighbours too, who will often have to share the same pipes with you. 

Never tackle gas repairs alone

Repairs that are needed on anything relating to gas or gas appliances in the home should never be tackled by anyone other than a professional and moreover, should always be tackled by a plumber who is gas safe registered. 

Get a sensible quote and trust professional plumbers

Get a sensible quote for any plumbing job that needs doing and then take it. In the long run it will save you a lot of time, money and effort. It will also ensure the job is done properly, to a high standard and more importantly – safely. 

Proper maintenance of your home plumbing is essential to keep it in tip top condition and running smoothly all year round. Simple jobs like unclogging drains and lagging pipes can be done as part of regular DIY, and by you. 

Always make sure you buy the right equipment to protect you, such as a pair of sturdy goggles, overalls and work boots. Make sure you cover any surfaces with protective sheets and always make sure you clean up properly before and after attempting some of the simpler plumbing jobs with hot water and detergent.