Many homeowners like to save money by dealing with fundamental problems themselves. It makes sense because bringing in a professional for every task would add up over the course of a year, so making repairs without this assistance is often a good idea.
Plumbing isn’t easy, however, and depending on the issue, you’re usually better off getting some help. The concern is that poorly repaired plumbing problems are like a ticking time bomb and in many cases, you won’t even know that the break or clog has resurfaced until you notice that you have a basement full of water.
Here are the top five reasons to hire a professional.
1) Plumbers Know What They’re Doing
You might be handy enough to fix minor plumbing problems around your house, but do you honestly know what you’re doing? Even a small mistake with your plumbing can lead to thousands of dollars worth of damage, and issues with your water don’t always provide immediate feedback, as it could take months of the leak to resurface.
Professional plumbers have the training necessary to identify and repair any issue that you encounter. Unless you have this training, you’d be guessing about the cause, which is a recipe for disaster.
2) Plumbers Have the Right Tools
It’s highly unlikely that you have access to the same tools as a professional plumber. Sure, you probably have a pipe wrench and some plumbing tape around the house, but these experts use cameras and other diagnostic tools to ensure that they’re repairing the right problem. Plumbers also use high-quality parts that will stand the test of time.
Overall, the tools used by professional plumbers not only save them time but also ensure that they do the job the right way.
3) Plumbers are Insured
Have you ever made a mistake while fixing something in your home and ended up doing some damage? If you have, you know that this scenario puts you on the hook for any damage that a faulty repair job does.
Professional plumbers are insured, so if they do happen to make a mistake while fixing your plumbing pipes or fixtures, you’re covered. Of course, bringing an expert into your home to do the job also means that errors are less likely, so it’s really a win-win situation.
4) Plumbers Offer Permanent Solutions
Making your own plumbing repairs often leads to shortcuts. After all, if your toilet is backed up, you might find yourself unclogging it without getting to the actual root of the problem. It could be an issue with your sewer line that is causing your toilet to back up, so unclogging it would only provide a temporary solution.
For example, heavy rains in Western Washington can cause the soil to sink and pipes to sag and break. A licensed plumber will have experience fixing this type of issue because it happens all the time, so you don’t have to worry about the quality of the repair.
5) Plumbers Provide Emergency Services
Perhaps the best reason to use a professional plumbing technician is the fact that he or she will provide emergency services. Let’s face it; you don’t want to be dealing with a burst pipe in the middle of the night because you have to work the morning. You also don’t want to give up your weekend plans to repair a toilet that won’t flush.
Plumbers will handle repair jobs for you at any hour, and on any day of the week, so you don’t have to put more strain on your already busy life. Even forgetting about the increased repair quality, the stress that plumbers take out of your life could be reason enough to go this route.
It Just Makes Sense
As you can see, you’d be risking a lot by trying to fix your plumbing yourself. The plumbing systems within your home are complicated, so it’s always a good idea to have an expert do the best repair job possible.