Being a homeowner comes with certain responsibilities. Plenty of things around the house need to be fixed. The question is whether or not you should hire a professional or do it yourself.
A clogged drain or leaky faucet can be easily fixed in just a matter of hours; however, a home’s plumbing can sometimes require some major work that should be done professionally. A licensed plumber is trained and has many hours of experience. Not only that but many states require that plumbers work as an apprentice for some time and then take an exam. On top of that, they have a very specialized set of tools. If you are planning a household plumbing project make sure to take the time to decide whether it is a do-it-yourself project or a project for a professional.
Doing It Yourself
Depending on how a professional plumber charges, it may be in your best interest to do it yourself. This is especially true if the project does not involve accessing plumbing that is inside your walls, floors, or ceilings. You will have to have the correct tools, parts, and available time. Those items must be considered in your estimate of how much it will cost you. If you decide to do it yourself it can be quite rewarding provided you were able to fix the issue properly.
Hiring A Professional
When a project is overwhelming you and you don’t know where to start then it is probably a good idea to call a professional. If you go into a project not knowing exactly what needs to be done or with improper tools and methods, the issue may become worse than it was. Not to mention, a professional plumber knows how to spot other issues like mold or outdated piping. Hiring a professional will get your plumbing project finished on schedule, provided no other issues are found.
Hire A Professional Or DIY
DIY Plumbing Projects
Some people prefer to fix the issue themselves, but it is important to be able to distinguish between a plumbing fix that you can do and a project that needs a professional. To better know what types of projects are for who, take a look at the following examples:
- Installing a new faucet
- Replacing an old washing machine hose
- Fixing the flush mechanism on your toilet
- Leaky pipes under a sink (most likely a DIY job)
When To Seek Professional Help
First and foremost, a plumbing emergency is when you should absolutely call a professional. The reason to do so is that flooding of any kind will cause serious issues in the future. Things like mold, water stains, ruined carpet, and other issues can happen as a result of a plumbing emergency that was not addressed properly. Some examples of plumbing projects that should be handled professionally are as follows:
- Remodeling a home
- If the project involves shutting the water off
- Your sprinkler system
- Plumbing repairs inside the wall
- Water coming out of the bottom of your toilet
- Any serious leak
Regardless of what you choose to do, we here at A PRO PLUMBING can assist you with a free estimate. Give us a call for your plumbing emergencies or plumbing projects that you are unsure about. We are happy to serve the Idaho Falls area with high-quality services and products.