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DIY Plumbing Disasters

Many homeowners fancy themselves DIY professionals and tackle all kinds of projects around the house. While DIY mentalities can save homeowners money the opposite is often true when it comes to plumbing.

One of the most common mistakes made by DIY plumbers is digging when they see water coming from a buried pipe. Most homeowners crack the pipe almost instantaneously if they're lucky they hit an inflow pipe and are covered in clean water. If they're not so lucky they hit a sewage pipe and cover their basement and body in waste.

One DIYer decided to scrub the "rust" off the floor after an old toilet had been removed. After scrubbing proved insufficient she went at the spot with a hammer and chisel. When the job was completed a handyman came to install a new toilet and found she had removed the flange from the floor. This cleaning project brought her toilet installation cost from $200 to $600.

The most dangerous plumbing DIY stories involve hot water systems, electricity, or gas water heaters. Each of these can prove fatal to the novice homeowner or if you're lucky, a large repair bill from a plumber.


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