DIY or Call a Pro Plumber?
When you become a homeowner, you are no longer in the role of a “renter.” As a renter, you may have been quick to call the landlord and report a clogged kitchen sink or a broken garbage disposal, but something happens when you sign on the dotted line on that first mortgage.
Once you’re a homeowner, you may be more inclined to see if a plunger will take care of that kitchen sink, or you may dig a little deeper (with your hands) when the garbage disposal isn’t working – that is if you’re the roll up your sleeves type of guy or gal.
Some of us on the other hand, prefer to call in the pros when we have a maintenance issue with our home. We just like the peace of mind knowing that everything will be done right.
What about you? If you have a plumbing issue, will you be the first to put on an old pair of jeans and grab a wrench to see if you can tackle the problem yourself?
With all of the exciting television shows on home improvement, we are in the era of DIY projects and you may have been bitten by the DIY bug too. Before you tackle a plumbing project, you want to consider the following:
- Do I have the right tools? Quality tools of the trade are critical and some of them can get expensive.
- Do I have the time to do the project right? Remember, there is a learning curve in doing something new, so it could take you two or three times longer to finish a plumbing project.
- Do I have enough experience for this particular project? If you don’t have enough experience, it could end up causing more damage than you had to begin with.
While you can certainly plunge the toilet or sink when there’s a minor clog, a lot of other plumbing jobs involve a rather steep learning curve.
It’s easy to replace an old faucet or tighten a pipe under the bathroom sink, or pull hair and sludge from a shower drain, anything beyond that, you’ll want someone who’s experienced and knows what they’re doing.
Call a professional plumber when:
- You cannot unclog a toilet after you’ve made several attempts. This could be a sign of a serious blockage located in the main line or in the sewer.
- You cannot unclog a sink. Like the toilet, it could be a sign of a serious blockage.
- Your problem involves the water heater or a gas line. These are delicate issues and they can pose dangers if they are not handled correctly.
- Your toilet is making a percolating sound.
- Multiple drains throughout the house are clogged.
- You can hear the sound of a water leak in your walls.
- You have a leak that is coming up through the flooring (slab leak).
- You have pipes that are cracked, busted, or otherwise damaged.
- You have water damage from a leak that’s affected the walls, ceiling, or flooring.
If you have one of the above plumbing problems, or there is another issue that we have not mentioned, it’s time to call in the pros at A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. Call today for a FREE estimate!