At Spartan Services in Tacoma, we know that dealing with plumbing problems can be a hassle, especially when you’ve just had your pipes inspected. It can be worthwhile to hire a quality plumber for those big jobs, but you may feel that for those little issues such as a leaky faucet or loose pipe, the do-it-yourself (DIY) approach is the best way to go.

However, trying to patch your plumbing on your own can lead to a host of other problems. In this post, we’ll look at three DIY plumbing patches that can be worth your time and money to avoid.

1. Using Improper Tools and Materials

There’s a reason that plumbers use certain tools and materials for certain jobs. It can be easy to watch a video on YouTube and attempt to fix a pipe, but if you don’t have the right wrench, you can actually end up doing more damage to your plumbing. You could accidentally pinch or crimp the pipe in the wrong spot, and this could lead to leaks in the future.

As for materials such as plumbing tape, putty, and caulking, there is a difference with what you should use on pipes and what you should use on bathtubs, sinks, and shower surrounds. Using the wrong materials can lead to gaps and leaks that let water find its way into your walls or onto your floor.

2. A Makeshift Sewer Rooter

When there’s a clog in a sewer or drain pipe, a professional plumber will first do an inspection of the pipe, often with a small camera on an extendable line. After that, they will use the proper rooter and other equipment to clear any clogs or obstructions.

As for the DIY approach, you may try to clear a clogged drain with a makeshift rooter, such as a wire, a long pipe, or another metal or plastic object. While you may successfully push the clog further down the drain, you may end up damaging an old drain or sewer line and compromising your plumbing system. You may also lose your grip on your makeshift rooter and then have to retrieve that from the pipe.

3. Quick Leak Fixes

When you notice that a pipe in your home has a hole in it, or that it’s leaking at a connection with another pipe, the first thought is often, “How can I quickly patch this problem?” If your first answer is duct tape or another adhesive, then you may have found a temporary solution, but not a permanent remedy.

Most duct tape is water resistant, but not waterproof, which means that it will absorb the water from the leak. You can also opt for plumbers epoxy or clamps from your local hardware store, but without the proper installation, the leak will likely return or become worse with time.

Leave it to the Professionals

At Spartan, we can provide professional plumbing services for any problem that arises with the pipes in your home. If you’re worried about what it will cost to repair your leaks and other issues, keep in mind that we offer flat-rate pricing on all of our services. No matter how long it takes for us to fix your plumbing, you’ll only pay one flat price.

DIY can be the way to go for many things in your home, and when there are minor issues with your plumbing, you may have the tools, knowledge, and expertise to fix them. However, if you ever feel out of your element or that you’re rushing to get something repaired, then it might be better to call us. You can reach us at the number at the top of the page, or you can contact us online by using the form below.

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