Reality TV fuelling DIYers' unrealistic expectations
PLUMBING problems, drainage dramas, water woes, flooding fiascos and toilet tragedies - do-it-yourself bathroom renovators are dicing with plenty of potential plumbing predicaments.
Reece Plumbing showroom consultant Jade Monique said she had seen far too many bathroom disasters that could have easily been avoided.
"Bathrooms are very complex,” Ms Monique said.
She said a lot of DIYers went into their home improvement projects with an unrealistic timeline and expectations about how quickly things could get done.
"People think it's like The Block and it all happens in a week,” Ms Monique said.
"It's not as quick as that. You can't just click your fingers and it happens.”
There are a lot of things the average home handyman or woman probably hasn't thought about.
Arguably one of the most important questions to ask yourself is, "How are you going to use the bathroom, when you don't actually have one to use?”
"People forget they won't have a bathroom for a week, and a lot of people don't have a second bathroom,” Ms Monique said.
"Hopefully you are good friends with your neighbour.”
She said making mistakes when measuring up was another common mistake.
"I've seen quite a few bathrooms where the shower doesn't actually drain and there is water pooled in one corner,' Ms Monique said.
But, she said the ultimate disaster when it came to plumbing problems was a situation insurers refused to foot the bill for.
"A flooded house,” she said.
"If it goes through the bathroom and through the whole house, insurance wont touch it.
"Then they are up for thousands, poor buggers.”
The showroom consultant's advice was simple.
"If you do it yourself it can compromise your warranties and compromise your insurance and compromise the re-sale of your properties,” she said.
"There is a reason plumbers go to school for four years.”