Why You Should Not Trust Online Plumbing Advice

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If you’re like most people, you might view plumbing tasks as DIY in nature. So what do you do? You go online and search for plumbing advice. The problem, however, is that that you can’t always rely on this advice. In many cases in fact, following recommendations provided by another DIYer could lead to more harm than good. If in doubt, always call our plumbers in Essex.

To be sure, there are a few plumbing tasks you can perform without the help of an expert, such as:

  • Replacing old washing machine hoses
  • Installing a new faucet
  • Repairing loose toilet hardware

The above and a few other tasks may not require expert intervention, but it is always important to distinguish between such tasks and works that fall outside your skill range. For example, trying to install an entirely new toilet will require the professional tools and skills of an expert plumber.

3 Reasons to not trust online plumbing advice

Problem could be too complex

While you might identify a problem as simple enough to fix quickly, an expert plumber might spot deeper underlying problems that need fixing. When you seek advice from people who have not physically been to your premises, remember it’s difficult for them to see the whole picture. The guidance you receive will be based on the description you provide. And if your description is vague or not well-detailed, the answers will be vague too, and not really helpful in the end.

The advice can be confusing or misleading

It’s not uncommon to find contradicting, confusing, or plain misleading answers from different people trying to speculate on the problem. Take this thread for instance, posted on Reddit in the /r/plumbing Subreddit:

Banging pipes in bathroom, any help?

Pipes rattle loudly behind the toilet when we flush, any suggestions to what it can be? We’d already drained the house (by the way it’s a 3 story house where we live in the 3rd floor and only our toilet does this)

Here’s one of the suggestions…

Water hammer. The pipes aren’t secured in the wall very well. The only way to solve this is to open the wall and secure the pipes better and perhaps install a water hammer arrestor.

…and here’s another:

Most likely high water pressure and or bad fill valve in toilet.

Which advice should the OP go with? For the average person who knows very little about plumbing, it’s difficult to tell. And besides, they mostly likely don’t have the tools and skills to carry out the work themselves.

Choosing the DIY Route Can Be Costly

Time after time, many people choose to fix their plumbing—based on their own assessment or some internet advice—only to make things worse. The task ends up costing more when you hire an expert. That, plus the cost of the time you took trying to fix it. Unless you are absolutely sure you can handle it, it’s easier, and often cheaper, to just call in a plumber.

Also keep in mind that there are water regulations in your city that you might be violating when you do a bad plumbing job and potentially contaminate the public water supply system that your home or business is a part of. An expert plumber is on the other hand properly trained to meet the strict guidelines for installing or repairing systems that supply drinking water.

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