Even the newest houses will develop a plumbing problem sooner or later. Unfortunately, these issues are often expensive to repair. This is why the vast majority of homeowners will try to fix plumbing problems themselves. Naturally, there are plenty of jobs that can indeed be done by someone with reasonable DIY skills, thereby saving quite a bit of money as well. However, if installing or repairing a toilet is a bigger job, then a professional must be called in. Of course, the big issue is that we often don’t know when a problem is too big for us to handle. If in doubt, therefore, it is best to call in a professional and not end up with a problem that is even bigger than when you first started. Let’s review which problems most often occur when people try to fix their own toilets.
The biggest and most common mistake is when people use an unraveled clothes hanger in order to remove a clog. This can easily lead to the porcelain getting damaged and to the sewage pipes getting ruptured. If your sewage pipes are quite old, you really need to be aware of this. Additionally, you don’t really know how far down your clog goes. It is very easy to make the problem worse by pushing the clog deeper. This is why you should hire an experienced plumber, as they are able to locate the clog and identify what caused it in the first place.
Another major problem is when fixtures aren’t leveled during installation. A toilet has to be installed in such a way that it is lined squarely with the wall. A non-leveled toilet can easily cause bigger problems later on. Another problem occurs when people do not properly flush their fixtures before they turn the water back on. This can cause debris and other problems to get into your pipelines. To avoid these issues, it is important to work with a professional once again. All of this information may make you feel as if you should simply never do any of the plumbing work yourself. In reality, it is indeed a better idea to leave this type of work to the professionals. If you feel that you absolutely must do things yourself, then stick to simple tasks like cleaning out your bowl, replacing your toilet seat or fixing the plunger. This isn’t an attack on your own DIY skills, but rather a recognition of the fact that plumbers are highly trained and experienced individuals. Finally, remember that it is all too easy to make the problem worse.