5 Plumbing Jobs You Should Never Do Yourself
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by
This is a great time to be a Do-It-Yourselfer (DIY). Big Box home improvement stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot offer all the tools, materials and even the guidance you need to handle many common home repairs and upgrades. YouTube features hundreds of DIY videos that show you how to do everything from replacing a showerhead to remodeling a kitchen. And when all else fails, you can always look to help from your friends of Facebook.
But while DIY projects are great for saving money and honing your handyman skills, there are a number of projects — particularly plumbing projects — that should always be left to professionals. Here are five of them:
1. Residential Repiping. Pipes in older homes often accumulate mineral deposits that lead to a drop in water pressure — and even burst pipes. In such cases, old pipes need to be removed and new ones installed. This is a difficult and complex job that requires you to not only tear away large sections of drywall, but often weld copper pipes with an acetylene torch. When open flames are involved, it’s best to leave it to the pros.
2. Any Copper Pipe Job. In fact, any job that requires you to weld copper pipes should be left to professional plumbers. The last thing you want to do is start a fire and a flood.
3. Replacing or Rerouting Sewer Pipes. Sewer pipes can get clogged by debris or broken by tree roots. Tearing out old pipes and installing new ones requires heavy-duty equipment for digging trenches and laying concrete pipes. Professionals have the necessary tools and experience for this work. They also know your local utility regulations.
4. Gas line plumbing. If your plumbing job includes working with a gas water heater, it may be time to call in a pro. Gas fittings need to be tight, or the consequences could be literally explosive.
5. Septic tank installation and repairs. If you live in a remote location, your sanitary system may use an underground septic tank instead of a municipal sewer line. If so, installing, repairing or replacing the tank and its equipment is definitely a job for professionals. Leaking septic systems can literally raise a stink … one that’s not easy to make go away. In the long term, a bad septic system can become toxic to you and your household.
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Plumbing is a specialized field that takes months of training to enter. It can also provide you with a comfortable income. Entry-level plumbers in California earn an average $29,700 annually, with top professionals making more than $90,000 per year.*
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*Source: O*Net Online — Plumbers – http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=472152&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=06&search=Go
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