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Plumbing problems – DIY or call a plumber?

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What can you do when there is a plumbing problem?

Practically everyone is used to doing some DIY plumbing occasionally, but it happens that sometimes the work which is to be done simply goes beyond our skill levels. If it’s all about new shower head installing, leaky faucet reparation or merely a clogged drain – such things that can be taken care of in a matter of hours. On the other hand, replacing your toilet or fixing your plumbing are tasks which require experience and training. If there is a serious problem with your plumbing, put aside your pride and call a plumber. Remember that a licensed plumber is trained and practiced, and some states require that a plumber undergo apprenticeships and take an exam in order to receive their licensing. Licensed plumbers have the knowledge and tools necessary to go beyond common leaks.

What is the problem in the first place?

There is nothing else you can start with but this question. Everything else has to wait until you have come up with the right answer. If it’s something small and familiar, even an average DIY-er will be able to answer. On the other hand, there will be a time where ‘what is the problem?’ will not get an answer. You should approach each and every problem with concentration and determination; there is nothing worse than having your own enthusiasm and confidence blind you to see that there is something seriously wrong with your plumbing. If you are not familiar with the things which may cause your toilet to run, for example, or if you have only one solution for the problem which could be caused by many things, it might be better to leave the things to the professionals.

Am I sure I will be able to fix it?

As we mentioned before, even if you understand what the problem is there might be a chance that you will not be able to fix it. It can happen that after spending hours trying to identify the problem you realize that it will take even more time to fix it! Don’t be stubborn, ask yourself can you really fix it or should you withdraw and let the plumbers take over. Taking on DIY projects which are above your skill level can only lead to mistakes which could cause even more harm than good. It is important for you to be realistic and honest – having a pro there will minimize the errors and result in success.

Is it worth it?

We are well aware of the fact that most experienced plumbers charge by the hour. In the end, the greatest expenses turn out to be labour costs, not the materials. If it is a small thing, you can fix it yourself, but with plumbers costs will depend upon many factors such as the cost of materials, permitting and labour. An expert plumber will be able to help you by noticing other problems such as mould. A good plumber will help you keep your plumbing safe and working and in the long run, save you a lot of money.

Sophie is a blogger based in Australia. She’s also a crafty girl who loves DIY and home decor projects. Follow her at Facebook.

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