There are some plumbing problems you can fix yourself, and some times when you’re better off calling a plumber. Here are some common plumbing issues and how a pro can help.
Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and jump right in to your DIY plumbing project? There are lots of projects or problems that you can handle by yourself, but there are times when you need the services of a skilled plumber. Sometimes those little things that can go wrong with a home’s plumbing turn out to be bigger than expected; here are some reasons you might want to call a professional.
The most common household plumbing catastrophe is leakage. Sometimes you can see the leak yourself, but at other times you only see evidence of it in the form of mysterious puddles of water. Since leaks can come from virtually anything – pipes, drains, fixtures or water tanks – it’s always a good idea to have plumbers give it their expert eye. They can find out exactly where the leak is coming from and what needs to be done to clear it up. You can also pick their brains for advice on how to keep it from leaking in the future.
For some clogs you don’t need a plumber – like when somebody’s used too much toilet paper in the toilet. Other clogs are down deeper in the pipes and sometimes even as far as the drainpipe. This means that it’s outside of your house and underground somewhere. This definitely takes the expertise of a professional. Plumbers can do deep cleaning on the pipes to keep it from getting clogged so easily in the future. Some clogging is actually caused by the pipes themselves and not a blockage; it might be that the pipes were not installed properly and they can’t handle the water load.
Installing your own faucets, sinks and other plumbing is something that you can do if you’ve got some handyman skills. However, for a regular Joe (or Jane!), it could be a headache. For example, once you’ve removed the old faucet to install a new one, you might find a whole chaos of loose nuts, bolts and other little pieces that need immediate attention before the new faucet can go in. To an experienced plumber, this is just another walk in the park. They come prepared with all the tools you need, and they’re used to seeing things like this. It’s best to give the professionals a call unless you’re up to maybe spending your weekend on an afternoon project.
Finally, if you’re interested in upgrading or looking into custom plumbing options, the plumber is your best friend. Upgrading your bathtub or sinks can make them look as good as new and save you the hefty price of getting them replaced. It takes an expert’s touch to do it really well, but you can at least help out and say that you did it yourself.
Ultimately, it’s all up to you. Some folks like to do their own DIY projects no matter how complicated they get. They see it as a “challenge.” Others give up after a while and dial up the plumber. And there’s nothing wrong with that! You can always hire them to do the job and watch over their shoulder so you learn a few things in the process.