Let’s be honest: Nobody likes to pay someone else to do something we could do for free. The cost of living is increasing every month and most service providers charge ridiculous call-out fees. Why not cut costs with DIY plumbing?
In many instances, DIY plumbing is ideal for a small job. They are often easy enough for a child to perform. However, having been in the plumbing industry for over 20 years, we have seen some DIY plumbing projects fail miserably, just to end up costing double or more what it would’ve cost if our clients called us in the first place.
Use this post as a guide to learning when you can practice your DIY plumbing skills, and when it is time to call in the pros.
Here are 4 questions to ask yourself before you take on a DIY plumbing project:
1. Will I need a permit?
Professional plumbers require permits to perform certain jobs. Moving existing plumbing is one of the instances in which you may require a permit, and you will have to follow local building codes as well. When you deal with a professional plumber, you will be covered by their professional permits and they will know which codes need to be followed in order to successfully completing your project.
2. Is my drain clogged?
Most homeowners think that clearing a blocked drain is one of the easiest household plumbing issues to fix using their DIY plumbing skills. However, that theory is flawed, in that DIY plumbers who have attempted to unclog drains amount for most of the callouts we receive every week. Caustic drain cleaners cause more trouble than they are worth.
While it seems easy to use DIY plumbing techniques to unclog your clogged drain, it is best to get expert tips first from a professional plumber.
3. Do you have mainline problems?
Is your toilet backing up into your shower or tub? That’s an indication that your main line is probably clogged. With the right equipment, a DIY plumbing expert can probably solve the problem, provided that he knows how to use the equipment. Using the equipment incorrectly can cause a bigger issue, so only attempt this if you know what you are doing.
4. Does my shower valve need to be replaced?
With a bit of DIY plumbing experience and know-how, you could easily replace your shower valve. However, if you are in any way unsure of how it is done, it is best to call in the professionals. The wrong valve can cause damage to your walls.
Of course, you want to save money, and DIY plumbing seems so easy. However, when it comes to your home, it is best to avoid cutting corners. When in doubt, it’s best to call for expert help. We’re only a phone call away – let us help you avoid a bigger issue with expert advice.