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DIY Plumbing Practices That Do More Harm Than Good

With so much information available to the public on television and the Internet these days, people can find answers or tutorials on just about any kind of do-it-yourself project. From learning photography or life-hacking a learning curve to cleaning corroded car batteries, there’s probably a how-to somewhere.

DIY plumbing, however, is a different story. Unforeseen complications can start adding up and getting out of hand pretty quickly if you don’t know what to look out for.

Based on experience as a provider of professional plumbing services and repairs in the Lombard area, we don’t advise DIY plumbing. We recommend it should be handled by professionals from Keeley’s Plumbing who are trained and equipped to recognize plumbing problems and fix them accordingly.

Here are a couple of DIY plumbing scenarios that demonstrate unexpected outcomes:

Clearing Drains

Job one for us as a professional plumbing company is to make sure we completely understand the problem well before starting a project. This ensures we know the implications and even hazards involved, allowing us to use experience and training combined with up-to-date technology and equipment to identify the issues and focus on them directly.

In this respect, drain clearing is no exception. The problem with DIY drain clearing by homeowners is that it’s more like a blanket approach to a problem rather than an informed and planned remedy. DIY drain clearing usually involves off-the-shelf chemical products, which basically amount to shooting blind. Never knowing what you’re after means having to go after everything at once. That includes not only the blockage but also the pipes themselves.

Chemicals are harsh enough to wear away at pipes, potentially leading to a weakened plumbing system, and should only be used when no other option is available. By contrast, we use emergency plumbing methods, including various kinds of drain snakes, to locate and target the specific problem where it is.

A Re-Pipe or Re-Route

Home renovation is a great way to update a home or create a more personalized or optimized space. And with all the successful cases showing up on entertaining television programs, a DIY makeover can look like a challenging personal learning experience. But, without the consultation of a professional from a reputable plumbing company, it can be a bit more of a learning experience than first imagined.

Re-routing, re-piping or moving pipe are comprehensive tasks that are really best carried out by one of our experienced professionals who can foresee the complications early on. The situation and the costs can quickly escalate once the water goes on in a DIY re-piping project and a missed spot creates a deluge, leading to even more time and expense in home restoration work.

Contact Keeley’s Plumbing

While DIY is a valid pursuit, plumbing repairs and renovation are extensive, complex and technical undertakings that rely on the specialized skills of a trained and experienced plumber in Lombard, IL, from Keeley’s Plumbing. Call us today or fill out the online form to schedule an appointment.

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