Taking care of things around your home can be a challenge that you are willing and able to take on to save a few bucks, but not all of those items are things that you should try to do as a non-professional. You can probably handle minor clogs and drips, but there are more serious things that require more experienced care. Today, we’re going to give you a few things that you should know about doing DIY vs hiring a plumbing contractor to take care of your concern.
Before you attempt any sort of DIY plumbing, you need to have a few bits of information in your back pocket. You need to know how to shut off the water to the area you need to work on or even to the whole house. You will need to know what tools you need to take care of the issue, like wrenches to tighten up a loose washer. And you will need to understand the types of items that you as a non-plumber can handle without risk to your health and your home.
Keep the DIY plumbing projects simple. Things like tightening up loose connectors to stop a minor leak, putting in a new faucet or showerhead, thawing frozen pipes before they burst, unclogging drains, etc. are all things that you can most likely handle on your own.
Essentially, you need to know the limits of your own skills. Sure, you can look up all of the tutorials you want, but that doesn’t mean you should attempt all of the repairs that could arise. If you aren’t 100% sure you know what you’re doing, do not attempt to do that repair because the risk will never outweigh the reward.
If you ever have a repair that you aren’t fully confident you can do, call a plumber to take care of it. Plumbers are trained to handle all sorts of problems, big and small, so you should feel comfortable letting them take on any job you can’t. Here are some other examples of times to hire a plumbing contractor rather than DIY:
Out of all of the things you can DIY in your home, plumbing is one of those items that is better left to a pro who is fully trained and licensed to take care of the problem the right way. This may cost more at the moment, but it could very well save you expensive repairs when your DIY doesn’t hold very well. The main point is this: know your DIY limitations, and always have the information for a top-quality plumbing contractor to pick up where you can’t!