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Real Life DIY Plumbing Stories

Plumbing systems are complicated, and installing or repairing them can be extremely complicated. When you’ve been in the plumbing industry as long as we have, you hear more than a few horror stories about DIY plumbing projects. At Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating, we’ve been providing Marylanders with our professional plumbing services for years, and know the do’s and don’ts of plumbing installation and repair. We wanted to talk about some of the worst plumbing DIY horror stories we’ve ever heard today.

A Leaking Sink and an Unexpected Problem

A homeowner had a leaking sink in their bathroom and decided to fix it themselves. They turned off the water supply and took apart the faucet to replace the washer. Unfortunately for them, they didn’t realize that the water pressure was still on in the rest of the house, causing water to spray everywhere when they removed the faucet handle. They were unable to reattach the faucet, and the water kept pouring out until they were forced to call a professional Maryland plumbing expert. If you don’t have any previous experience performing plumbing work, even trying to fix a leaky pipe could lead to unexpected problems.

The Broken Drain Pipe That Became More

There was another Maryland homeowner who had noticed that the drain pipe under their kitchen sink was leaking, so they attempted to fix it themselves. They removed the old pipe and replaced it with a new one, but they didn’t secure the connections properly. They turned on the water to test the new pipe and ended up flooding their entire kitchen. The water seeped through the ceiling and caused significant damage to the floor and walls below! This of course led to a costly repair and cleanup job, and they ended up having to get help from an experienced Maryland plumber anyway!

The Clogged Toilet They Couldn’t Unclog

Clogged toilets happen all the time, and while most can be resolved easily, that wasn’t the case for one unfortunate Maryland homeowner who took his plunger to a clog one morning. However, they were using too much force and ended up pushing the clog deeper into the pipe, where it was nearly unreachable. They eventually had to call a professional plumbing service in Maryland to remove and fix the clog.

Steer Clear of DIY, and Instead Get Help from an Experienced Plumbing Company in Maryland

Are you having an issue with the plumbing system in your home or business? Interested in having a new plumbing feature added to your system? The idea of trying to save a few dollars can be an enticing one, but when it comes to plumbing, you’re almost always better off having the project performed by someone with experience. Our team at Michael Runk plumbing and Heating has been assisting homeowners and business owners with their plumbing projects and problems for many years. No matter what your plumbing needs are, we’re here for you, you can reach out to us at (866-532-0130) or send us a message via our website.

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