Why You Should Never Install Your Own Drains

Published On June 9, 2018 | By Donald Llanas | Featured

More and more people are turning to DIY-ing their home improvement projects and repairs. One of the main reasons is money. The other is that people think they can follow instructions on the internet and do extensive repairs by themselves, even if they don’t have all the appropriate know-how and tools. Though such things as installing your own drains looks simple, things can go sideways quickly. Professional plumbers are asking that you put down the wrench and read this before your next DIY project.

Here are some of the main reasons why you should never install your own drains:


If you don’t really know what you’re doing, no amount of bravado is going to make installing a drain go well. For example, if you don’t have the correct tools and think you can go reaching around with your fingers, you might get cut or stuck. Furthermore, if you don’t have the right parts, you could end up handling the items incorrectly, causing injuries to yourself, to others, or damaging your home in some way.


One of the biggest reasons why you should never install a drain by yourself is that there are some tools only professional plumbers can obtain. Even if you know the basics, without the proper tools, you may end up doing more harm than good. Rely on a professional plumber to get the job done right.


Obviously, not have the right tools means you might wind up using something that actually damages the new hardware. Worse, you wind up doing something that ruins the entire system. While it might seem like an exaggeration, just remember that plumbing is a system throughout your whole home, and so one issue will spread throughout the entire network quite rapidly. For example, you could remove a wrong piece of piping, size something incorrectly, or damage a small, essential component.

Costly Mistakes

It goes without saying that making a mistake with a plumbing system can be extremely costly. Though you might think that you are saving money by installing a drain, anything that goes wrong is going to require more money to resolve than just hiring a professional. When you weigh the risks and consequences, it is much more efficient to choose having someone else install the drain for you.


Now you know the reasons why installing a drain by yourself could be a terrible idea. In short: don’t risk your plumbing. You can get your drains quickly and correctly installed by an experienced, professional plumber for half the cost of fixing an installation that has gone amuck. Just because it looks like it has been done correctly doesn’t mean dire consequences won’t happen later down the line.


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