The home can be a wonderful thing when working properly; a person not only can enjoy the shelter a home provides, but also many other wonderful things. Of course, the home is a complicated system as it is comprised of electricity, water, pipes, a roof, and many other things.
It is important to maintain everything in the home if one wants them to be functioning properly, but this sometimes means paying a bit more than one would like for professional services. There is no question that do-it-yourself projects can be beneficial to your bank account, but there are certain things that shouldn’t be done unless you are a professional who knows exactly what you are doing. Plumbing is one of those things.
I am skilled in certain areas in life and completely lack in others. Plumbing is definitely not my niche, and yet I thought I could tackle a bathtub renovation all by myself. I was wrong.
There was an outdated but perfectly useful bathtub in the home that I wanted replaced in favor of a spacious shower; the tub hadn’t been used for many, many years and the time for it to be replaced seemed like it had come.
Now anyone with a water system in their home knows how important it is to have good plumbing, and I was fully aware of the complicated network of pipes that brought water and sewage in and out of the house. But even then I remained ignorant and thought demolishing a bathtub in favor of a shower was something I could do on my own.
I did research and thought I found a perfect instructional in going about the project. I removed the drywall, faucet valve handles, disconnected the plumbing, and eventually got the tub out. And eventually I was able to have a good-looking shower base. Sometimes looks can be deceiving.
Throughout the weekend project, I tried to be mindful in following step-by-step instructions on how to perform the task; somewhere along the way I must have skipped a step and didn’t properly install the new supply lines and valves. This lead to an unfriendly set of damaged pipes that caused waterlogged walls and a bill from a professional plumber.
In the end, I not only put in a whole weekend of labor, but also had to pay a professional to fix the pipe damage that I caused by taking out my existing bathtub in favor of another. Sometimes it is best to hire a professional; I’ve learned my lesson.