Houston, we have a problem: Avoid DIY plumbing disasters

So you’re obsessed with home repair shows. You’re not alone; there are dozens of TV shows and even entire networks devoted to do-it-yourself home repair.  These shows can be great for ideas on home remodeling and for understanding how things work, but they're not always the most realistic representations of how much time and effort goes into home repairs.

After all, think about who you are watching make those cuts, fasten those bolts and lay that pipe. You’re still watching a professional; you’re seeing someone whose years of experience make difficult work look so effortless.

But we can’t entirely blame the networks for this over-simplification of the process. You wouldn’t watch a show where someone struggled to find the cause of a leak for an hour and make three trips to the hardware store because they keep buying the incorrect screws.

And that’s if you know what you are looking for. Just being able to diagnose the problem doesn’t mean you know what tools are used to fix it. We took a video out in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park recently to see if a few visitors could identify a couple common plumbing tools. They didn't do so well.

In addition to the stress and hassle of taking on a DIY project that is too complex for the average homeowner, you can inadvertently void the home warranties on your appliances.   Home warranty companies are among the most complained about companies from consumers, but much of the problem stems from homeowners not knowing the terms and limitations of the warranty agreement.  Trying to fix something yourself is a common disqualifier.

To find the best Houston plumbers, use Angie’s List and read consumer-reviewed ratings. Take a look at how Angie's List works and join today and avoid spending your weekends driving through Houston traffic to get to the hardware store. The time you’ll save will allow for more viewing of home repair shows!

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