The High Cost Of Cheap Plumbing

Cheap plumb­ing is often times expen­sive in the long run

Plumb­ing.  It’s a dirty word. And it’s a dirty job. Most peo­ple try to take the path of least resis­tance and just hire cheap plumbers. Oth­ers opt for DIY (do-it-yourself) plumb­ing, mostly to save money. This, how­ever, can often times lead to greater expenses in the long run.

Pro­fes­sional plumbers have some obvi­ous cost impli­ca­tions such as hav­ing to mark-up their ser­vices to make a liv­ing, buy­ing replace­ment parts, etc. That’s what you’re pay­ing for. Some peo­ple feel that they’ll just tackle it on their own to save a few clams, but there are also hid­den costs that you should be aware of when tak­ing this route. Water veloc­ity has to be fac­tored in when doing your own plumb­ing to avoid the burst­ing of water pipes and the con­se­quent flood­ing of your home. Clean­ing up after a flood is very expen­sive, espe­cially if car­pet and rug clean­ing is nec­es­sary. Flood­ing also dam­ages tiles that will require replace­ment. There is also the risk to dam­age of walls in cases where pipes run through walls. Bad plumb­ing could lead to the accu­mu­la­tion of life threat­en­ing gases. Hydro­gen sul­fide is one such gas. Gas lev­els of above 150 ppm lead to paral­y­sis in the sense of smell, asphyx­i­a­tion (loss of breath­ing), res­pi­ra­tory depres­sion, and even death. These dis­eases are expen­sive to treat. Another of these gases is methane. This is an asphyxi­ant gas that causes such con­di­tions as oxy­gen deficiency/asphyxiation, also expen­sive to treat. The odor of hydro­gen sul­fide and methane are enough to cause nau­sea, headache, and other symp­toms that also require treat­ment. Hydro­gen sul­fide and methane gas are also inflam­ma­ble and they could cause the destruc­tion of the whole house. Not only do you risk dam­ag­ing fix­tures with DIY repairs since you will not have the nec­es­sary train­ing and expe­ri­ence, but you should leave plumb­ing to a pro­fes­sional because you risk void­ing the war­ranty of some fix­tures if you do the repairs your­self. Many man­u­fac­tur­ers insist that only cer­ti­fied tech­ni­cians do repairs.

If you have homeowner’s insur­ance (HOI), you could void it by not hav­ing plumb­ing that is up to code, and that can mean real trou­ble. Insur­ance cov­er­age usu­ally has a rider that the plumb­ing in your home has to be done by a pro­fes­sional. The insur­ance com­pany will prob­a­bly send a rep­re­sen­ta­tive to assess the plumb­ing job and if it is shoddy, you could miss the whole pay­ment or your pre­mi­ums could go up. If there is improper plumb­ing work that involves electricity-consuming fix­tures like wash­ers, there is a high pos­si­bil­ity of you incur­ring huge elec­tric­ity costs down the road. Bad plumb­ing prac­tices such as con­nect­ing cop­per pipes with pipes made of gal­va­nized metal leads to expen­sive prob­lems such as cor­ro­sion, which ulti­mate leads to full replace­ment of your inter­nal pipes and can even lead to water heater repair needs down the road.

So think twice before tack­ling a big plumb­ing job on your own. Cheap plumbers can be attrac­tive on the front side, but you will end up pay­ing more in the long run. Give us a call any­time 24/7 if you think you may need our services!

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