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Why You Don’t Want to Do Repiping Yourself

When it comes to plumbing, we’d recommend a lot of things for homeowners to do. For instance, every home should have a plunger and a drain snake. These are widely available at hardware and grocery stores and they’re fairly easy to use without breaking or disrupting anything. We’ll even show you how to use your plunger if you need help!

However, then there are other plumbing jobs like repiping that we’d insist a professional perform. This is because there’s a lot more at stake, more tools required, and the understanding of a plumbing system is a necessary part of it. Master and Journeyman plumbers are trained in this field for a reason, and when you need a pipe replaced or a whole plumbing system repiped, a plumber is going to know exactly how to do that.

Let’s focus today on why some jobs absolutely require a professional plumber in Modesto, CA, and why others might not.

Water, Pressure, and Contamination

One of the biggest signs of poorly done repiping work is bad water flow. This can come in various different forms, from subpar water pressure when multiple appliances are on, to contamination with the wrong pipes connecting in different places.

Basically, any time a home needs to be repiped, the water flow and appliances need to be measured to figure out how much water is needed. This is balanced delicately, so you still have good water pressure. If this is done incorrectly, you might end up seeing a lot of problems.

The Right Materials

Different materials have different applications when it comes to plumbing. For instance, PVC piping is great as an affordable drain pipe material, but it should never be used for hot water transfer. PVC can melt at high temperatures and this is another reason why the materials you choose for a repiping job are so important. A professional will know the ins and outs of each material.

The Right Equipment

Installing a new set of pipes is tough work and requires the right type of equipment. We’re not just talking about a wrench and a screwdriver, we’re talking about high-tech measuring systems, different-sized wrenches and screwdrivers, and even labels or adhesives. These are all too expensive to try and use on your own and it’s just better to let a plumber handle it.


Sometimes a DIY plumbing job can quickly turn disastrous as it gets over-engineered. Things are supposed to look and feel simple, especially if you’re going to be selling your house in the future. An over-engineered plumbing system is an obvious sign of subpar or DIY work and it will lead to problems in the future.

What Can You Do?

Instead of replacing plumbing pipes on your own, why not focus on areas where you can help? Try cleaning the surfaces of your kitchen or using a drain snake to alleviate minor clogs throughout the house. These will inevitably make it easier for a plumbing professional to do hard work in the future, but they will also make your life easier as well. You don’t need to be a professional plumber to have a noticeable impact on your home’s comfort and convenience.

Contact DeHart Plumbing, Heating, and Air Inc. to have your plumbing system worked on by a licensed professional.

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