Like most homeowners I’d rather tackle a job myself if possible and save money rather than calling a professional. Especially for small jobs around the house. Well, I learned a tough lesson about doing that this weekend although thankfully it didn’t cost nearly as much as I expected. I was lucky though, and what happened as a result of my attempt to DIY a job could have ended up costing a lot more.
I noticed a small leak in my bathroom sink a few weeks ago. I watched some YouTube videos and read some home DIY articles and figured I knew enough about how to fix it. I spent a Saturday morning fixing it and checking the rest of the plumbing in the bathroom. The leak stopped and I figured I had fixed the problem and saved myself some money.
Well, I didn’t. Sunday a pipe burst in the wall and soaked through the wall and the floor down into the ceiling of the living room below. If I had called a professional plumbing company to fix the leak the first time they would have caught that there was a crack in the pipe in the wall and they would have been able to fix it before it burst.
Now the entire pipe needs replacing and I have to go through mold removal to make sure that no mold starts growing in the wall or in the floor and ceiling and I have to have part of the ceiling in the living room patched. It’s going to be a big job and it will cost a lot more than if I had just called the plumber to fix the leak.
Thankfully I found a great plumbing service that came out to the house on a Sunday and didn’t charge me a fortune. So I can tell you from experience that if you’re a homeowner and you want to try and fix small things around the house yourself to save money – don’t. The risk is too great. Call a professional and let them handle it. They have the skills and experience to see problems that you don’t even know to look for. And they have the professional equipment to do the job. Learn from my mistake and when it comes to plumbing problems always just call a plumber from the start.