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.
First Things First, Know the Basics
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.
What can I DIY safely?
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.
When should I hire a plumbing contractor?
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:
- Broken or damaged pipes: This problem results in a flood of water hitting your home, so this is absolutely a professional-level job. Call them as soon as your notice, and then do what you can to mop up and catch the flowing water.
- Remodeling your plumbing: Any type of remodeling should be run through a contractor because all of your systems are generally intertwined behind your walls.
- Putting in a new water heater: This job is absolutely meant to be handled only by a professional plumber. It can be a hazardous job, as it entails handling hot metal and water, moving heavy objects, and ensuring that attachments are perfectly in place.
- Any time you need to shut off the water: In all honestly, if there is any job relating to plumbing that requires you to shut the water off then that is a job that is best left to the professionals.
- A hardcore clog: If you have exhausted the amateur methods of breaking up and removing a clog and have had no luck, it’s time to get a plumbing contractor in to take a crack at it. If commercial drain snakes, cleaning liquids, and plungers haven’t gotten the clog dealt with, it may mean that it’s a much more serious blockage. A professional plumber will have a different set of tools that can really get down in the drain and get a look at the problem up close, then break it down and flush it out.
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!