Saving money is a huge priority to most people. Unless you’re swimming in pools of cash, you’ve likely spent some time comparing prices on things such as airline prices, vehicles, and entertainment systems. You know you won’t be able to afford—say—a first class ticket or a Lamborghini, so you settle for the lower cost option.
But when it comes to home services, your considerations should be different. Attempting to save money on services you need for your home may actually cost you a lot more over time. Today, we want to look at the experience professional plumbers have, and why you should look for a professional plumber—not a handy neighbor—to handle your plumbing needs.
The kind of training plumbers go through simply cannot be matched by a DIY enthusiast. Typically, an apprenticeship and years of training precede a plumber doing major work in your home, so you can trust your plumber has all of the skills for the job.
- They can recognize problems faster, in part due to their expertise but also because they have access to hi-tech inspection equipment.
- They’ve spent years training on plumbing, not a variety of skills like a handyman would.
- Their toolboxes and trucks are fully stocked, with equipment that would cost the average homeowner an arm and a leg for little payoff if they’re only fixing one thing.
- They know which pipes and fixtures are safest and more secure for any home, so you’re less likely to worry about leaking in the near future.
- A plumber can help to maintain your equipment to prevent repairs.
Just as important: your plumbing contractor should have the proper licensing and insurance, protecting you and your home should something go wrong.
How DIY Goes Wrong
You may think you can do-it-yourself—and maybe you can, as we’ll discuss in the next section—but that doesn’t always mean you should. We appreciate a good DIY project, but when it comes to your home plumbing system and major plumbing repairs, it’s not worth the risk.
- Poor sealing or improper materials (an easy mistake to make when you don’t frequently work with plumbing materials and tools) can result in poor sealing, leading to leaks in a short period of time.
- You may spend hundreds of dollars on a piece of equipment you’ll never use again, when plumbers already have it in stock.
- Manuals and online guides don’t always apply to all makes and models of plumbing fixtures and materials. You may follow a guide, only to find out it’s been wrong and you have to restart.
- All in all, time, energy, and money may be spent on a project that doesn’t go well. Since plumbing is a necessity, you’ll have to call someone in, adding to that cost (when it could have been done right the first time around).
When You Should Do It on Your Own
Of course, there are times when DIY work just makes sense. In fact, there are many times when we get called in for a repair, and we have to break it to the homeowner that the fix was quite simple. Here are some examples.
- A broken water heater may only require you to reset the circuit breaker, or there may be trouble from the utility (something you’ll have to call the local municipality to fix).
- Low water pressure could be a slightly closed-off water shutoff valve or even a clog at the end of a sink aerator (which is simple to clean out).
Use your best judgment, but call in a plumber in an emergency or when it’s something best handled by someone with the right experience and tools.
To improve your plumbing in Minneapolis, MN, reach out to VOGT Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today!