Americans have a can-do attitude when it comes to home repairs. Although that’s a nice attitude to have, some DIY projects fail. In fact, a recent study from Esurance highlights that over half of the Millennials surveyed had to file a home insurance claim following a failed DIY project.

Toilet installs are home projects that may seem simple enough to DIY, but they can go terribly wrong. In fact, a faulty DIY toilet install can lead to more problems and cost you more money than you anticipate.

Failing to Flush Your Pipes

Installing a toilet may seem simple. After removing a few screws, you can simply replace your toilet, right? Not exactly. There is more to installing a toilet than many videos show you. In fact, one major problem with DIYing your toilet install is the fact that you may fail to flush your pipes.

Flushing your pipes ensures that you don’t get any debris down in your pipes. If you don’t do this step, you could experience plumbing problems later.

Not Leveling Your Toilet

Have you ever sat on your toilet and it shifted back and forth? Many people experience a “rocky toilet” after installing their toilet. There are many problems that cause your toilet to rock, including the possibility that something is underneath your toilet. If something is under your toilet, you could have problems with your plumbing in the future.

Instead of trying to figure out why your toilet is rocking, we encourage you to hire a professional to inspect your toilet to ensure there are no major problems with your toilet install.

Attempting to Unclog Pipes

If you are installing a toilet and unclogging a pipe at the same time, then you need to hire a professional. Many homeowners think they can simply remove a clog by sticking something down their pipes and removing the clog; however, even if this remedies the clog, it can cause damage to your pipes. You could put a hole in your pipe or break the clog up and force it further down your pipes. In both situations, you make matters worse.

To be safe, never DIY toilet installs. Additionally, you should never DIY home projects that could affect major systems in your home or major components of your home. If you want to save money, call our team at Steve’s Plumbing. Our prices are competitive, and our quality is exceptional.