In order to save money, it may be tempting to do all the pipe repairs for your Chicago building in-house. After all, your maintenance team or yourself could just watch a few online videos, and then, complete all the repairs successfully in the time it would take the professional plumber to arrive at your location. Unfortunately, DIY repairs aren’t recommended for most plumbing jobs because if those repairs are performed incorrectly, it could lead to water damage, health hazards, electrical system damage, building code compliance issues, and voided warranties. Let’s take a look at some of the issues you may face if you choose DIY over a professional plumber.

DIY Pipe Repair Can Result in Water Damage.

While some plumbing problems may seem small and easily tackled with a little time and diligence, incorrectly repaired pipes can quickly fail again. Plumbing pipes are notorious for leaking and seams and joints. This means that if your maintenance crew cuts out a leaking pipe and replaces it with a new piece, it may start leaking again. The problem is that you won’t be expecting the secondary leaks because you just repaired the pipe. Unfortunately, that leaking water can result in mold, mildew, and even rotten structural components. In extreme cases, the water can infiltrate more than one floor, leading to the need for expensive repairs.

Doing Your Own Plumbing Can Expose Your Crew to Health Hazards.

Plumbing systems can contain harmful bacteria. If the proper precautions aren’t taken, that bacteria could make your maintenance team sick. Potable water pipes that haven’t been used for an extended period of time or that have not been properly maintained can contain Legionella. Additional bacteria that have been found in plumbing systems include Campylobacter Jejuni, Escherichia Coli or E. coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus Aureus. If your maintenance crew is exposed to any of these contaminants, they could become very sick.

For example, did you know that it takes less than 500 bacteria for someone to get sick with Campylobacter Jejuni? This bacteria causes intestinal problems, headaches, and nausea. Legionella can cause a very serious type of pneumonia, and E. Coli is another bacteria that’s famous for causing intestinal distress. The good news is that professional plumbers and pipelining technicians have been trained on how to lessen the risk of getting sick with a bacterial infection and what to do if they think they’ve been exposed.

DIY Pipe Repair May Damage Your Plumbing System.

Incorrectly performed DIY plumbing repairs can damage your system. Imagine one of your maintenance staff or yourself trying to unclog a pipe with a plumbing snake. The clawed end gets stuck. You think it’s debris, but it’s actually a section of the pipe. You pull and break it free, but in the process, you also break the pipe. This can lead to leaks deep in the system.

Additionally, using chemical pipe cleaners can result in holes in the pipe. Chemical pipe cleaning liquids are acid, and acid doesn’t know whether it’s eating through your pipe wall or the clog. For this reason, it’s very important to rinse the pipe thoroughly after using drain cleaner. However, if the drain cleaner fails to remove the clog, it could sit in the pipe. This is a double hazard. Not only will it damage your pipe, but once the water is turned on to rinse the pipe, the acid can splash out of the drain and onto the individual who’s trying to clear the drain.

DIY Pipe Repair May Increase Your Risk of Electrical Shocks and Fires.

When was the last time you thought about the locations of your plumbing pipes and the locations of your electrical wires, outlets, and switches? When water comes into contact with electrical wires, it can increase the risk of getting shocked. Additionally, water dripping on electrical wires can cause sparking and fires. Professional plumbers have been trained on how to safely work around plumbing pipes and water when electrical system components are also located in the area.

Doing Your Own Plumbing Repairs Can Void Your Warranties

If you have warranties on your building or plumbing system, DIY repairs may be excluded from those warranties. That means that if you perform a DIY pipe repair, you may not be eligible to get any further damage covered by the warranty. Additionally, your insurance providers may not cover certain damages if the damage was the result of a DIY repair.

You could cause your building to become out of code.

Building codes and laws change all the time. Your local plumber is going to know all of the building codes that are applicable to your repair. You, your handyman or maintenance man may not be familiar with those codes and make the repair in a way that brings your building out of compliance. This can result in fines.

You could end up spending more time and money on that DIY repair than you intended.

Building owners often undertake DIY repairs because they’re cheaper. However, the only reason they’re cheaper is because you’re not spending money on labor costs. Instead, you’re using your free time to make the repairs and purchase the tools and equipment from your local home improvement store. The truth is that after calculating all of the tools and equipment needed for the repair and the value of your time, you may be spending just as much money on your DIY repair as if you were to hire a professional Chicago plumber. This is especially true if the repair fails, and you have to hire a professional plumber to fix the original problem and the faulty repair.

Taking Care of Plumbing Cracks and Leaks with NuFlow Pipelining

Unless you have professional plumbing experience, it’s best to leave the plumbing repairs to the professionals. Hiring a professional plumber can save you time, money, and hassle, and it’ll keep your warranties and insurance policies valid.

Here at NuFlow Midwest, we offer epoxy pipelining. Epoxy pipelining is a trenchless technology that can rehabilitate your existing plumbing pipes and an environmentally friendly way. Trenchless epoxy pipelining can seal leaks and cracks in plumbing pipes while maximizing the internal diameter of those pipes. This is because the process involves cleaning your pipes all the way down to the pipe walls. This removes all of the debris and buildup. Then, your pipes are lined. The epoxy combined with a liner, helps seal current cracks and leaks while preventing future cracks, leaks, and corrosion. The result is a pipe within a pipe that’s just as durable as a new pipe.

Of course, if you’re still worried about the cost of a professional pipe repair, you can schedule our low-cost building pipe assessment. This assessment will tell you the conditions of your pipes and what was found in them. We can also estimate the ages of your pipes and tell you how much life is left in them. Then, we’ll tell you if your pipes are good candidates for the lining process, and we’ll provide you with a detailed estimate for pipelining. Once you have the estimate, you can present it to your HOA board or building owner and start the planning process to have your pipes lined with epoxy.

To learn more about epoxy pipelining and to schedule a building pipe assessment, give us a call at 815-790-9000.