When you own a home, you usually get pretty good at do-it-yourself handiwork and troubleshooting. Certain plumbing issues can be easy to fix, like installing a new tap or unclogging a slow-running drain. However, there are some times when you should call in a professional. In these cases, while you might be hesitant to call in a professional, you’ll end up saving time and money over trying to do it yourself.
1. Moving Pipes
If your plumbing project involves moving pipes, do yourself a favor and call a professional plumber before you start. Welding pipes together requires a torch and a very specialized skillset that most homeowners don’t possess. A professional plumber will be able to help you draw up plans for where your pipes will be moved to, and what is the most efficient method of moving depending on pipe location. Any move is possible if you find the right plumber for the job.
Most renovations require permits for the work to be done. If you move ahead without obtaining the correct paperwork, you could be reported and face hefty fines for unpermitted work. What’s worse is that your beautifully-done renovation may need to be torn out to inspect or replace unpermitted work. If you’re doing a major renovation, it’s in your best interest to call in a professional plumber. The complex plumbing system in your home is best understood and maintained by a professional.
3. Broken Pipes
When pipes have broken for any reason, don’t reach for the duct tape and call it a day. In these cases, you need to bring in a professional plumber not only to fix the broken pipe, but to find the reason why the pipe burst in the first place and to inspect the rest of your plumbing system. If you attempt to replace pipes yourself, you could create a larger issue. Using too much force on pipe connectors, the wrong type of connectors, or the wrong type of metal, can all cause larger problems than you started with.
4. Replacing Water Heaters
For safety reasons, it is important to call a plumber when you need to install or replace your water heater. Due to the many connections involved with installing a hot water heater, it can be very easy to get this job wrong. A professional plumber will make sure the tank is properly drained, the connections are correctly removed, and the old water heater is disposed of or recycled through the proper channels.
So, if it’s a dripping faucet that’s keeping you up at night, go ahead and fix it! But if your problem is a bigger one, save yourself the headache of major work done incorrectly. If you’re renovating, moving pipes, installing water heaters, or if your pipes have broken or frozen, your first move should be to call in a professional plumber. Just make sure your plumber of choice is licensed and registered to work in your province or city. Your wallet and your sanity will thank you!