Being a homeowner requires a little bit of DIY plumbing for the occasional leaky faucet, clogged drain, or toilet plug. These basic projects can be finished in a couple of hours and don’t require any specialized skill.

However, there are times when even the best intentions and the hardware store is not enough. Tackling DIY plumbing repair projects that are outside your skill level can create a bigger problem than the initial issue.

Some states even require a licensed plumber to complete certain jobs for safety purposes. If you’re planning a project, need a repair, or are considering a renovation, here’s a few of the plumbing projects you should not try on your own.

Plumbing Repair Projects You Should Not DIYStanding Water

Anytime you are finding standing water in your home, it’s time to call a plumber. Whether it’s your water heater, toilet, or sink, a plumber can see if there is more than meets the eye.

Typically, standing water is a sign of a much larger problem. Before you start digging into the issue, call a professional and let them use their expertise to diagnose and treat the issue before your home becomes a splash park.

Plumbing Appliances

If you have issues with your water heater, sump pump, or other water-based appliance, it’s best to call in an expert. When these appliances need maintenance or replacement, it can be an extensive process. A licensed plumber can either repair or replace the appliance properly.

Moving or Expanding

If you are considering moving your pipes or expanding your plumbing, you may need a permit to begin work, and you need a professional plumber. Licensed plumbers know the code requirements to ensure you are within regulations and your home and family are safe.

Internal or External Pipe

If your plumbing repairs require opening a wall, or digging up your yard, you should definitely hire a professional. Sometimes the issue can be much larger than it seems, and anytime you are dealing with internal or external pipes, it is important to leave those jobs to the experts.

Large Water Connections

Every homeowner has the ability to shut off the water in their own home. For simple projects, turning off the water is usually not a big deal, but if you are unsure which lines to turn off, or if you need to handle a large water connection, call a professional.