Thursday, March 10, 2016

DIY or Professional Plumber - Whom To Hire?

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  • From fixing leaky faucets to patching holes in a dry wall, ‘the smart home owner’ is expected to know how to fix repairs in the house. While we’re alright with (and even encourage) DIY enthusiasts tackling minor issues, some things that are best left to professional care. Here’s a quick comparison to help you consider whether you should hire a professional or opt to do it yourself:

  • DIY 
  • Minor DIY projects like installing new faucets, fixing broken toilet levers, unclogging drains, etc. are fairly simple- you don’t need a professional plumber for these tasks. Since labor charges form a major component of plumbing budgets, it helps to learn how to fix small clogs and leaks. You will have to spend money on materials and equipment, but the cost of these would still be less than what you pay a professional plumber. And if you are the ‘smart home owner’, we discussed earlier, you would surely have basic plumbing tools like pliers, cutters and wrench readily available.  

  • Calling a Professional:
  • An overenthusiastic DIY-er is likely to add to the problem rather than solve it. Indeed, as most professional plumbers would concur, some common plumbing problems are a result of botched up DIY efforts. Professional plumbers are aware of the latest codes and standards, have access to the best equipment and techniques, and have the necessary experience to carry out complex jobs. They can help you detect leaks/mold otherwise not visible to the naked eye. Typical jobs that are best left to professional care include repairing water heaters, replacing toilet hardware, repairing internal plumbing issues, cleaning or repairing sewer line and drain problems, and much more

  • When To Call A Professional Plumber:
  • If you are a DIY enthusiast, here are a few tips to remember:
  • A botched up DIY job may cost you more than what you would pay for the services of a professional plumber- assess if the project is within your skill range. 
  • Make sure you know the basics of plumbing. It is important to know how to shut the main water off, information about the different tools, and understanding how your plumbing system at home works.
  • Keep the instruction manual handy or make a note when you take things apart. We’ve lost count of the phone calls from enthusiastic DIY'ers who have taken apart fixtures, but are unable to fix them back. 

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