Whether you live in a sleek, modern home or a lovingly restored 100 year old gem, one thing is certain: home ownership and repairs go hand in hand. What’s more, taking care of home maintenance problems can end up costing you a pretty penny. It’s no wonder more and more homeowners are channeling their inner Bob Vila and choosing to take on home repair and improvement projects themselves.
Still, while many DIY repairs can often be successfully completed with some basic tools and skills, others could end up costing you more time, money, and frustration than they’re worth – unless, that is, you hire a professional right up front.
So before you head to your local home improvement store, here are a few plumbing situations that are best left for someone with a ton of experience and a strong skill set.
The job requires a permit
Anytime you’re adding to or altering the structure of your home, changing the footprint of your kitchen or bath, or doing any plumbing work that requires you to obtain a permit, it’s best to hire an experienced plumber. Not only will a plumbing contractor make sure the job is done correctly and up to code, you and your home will be protected should anything go wrong.
The job requires a propane torch
Tightening a loose faucet, shower head, or even a pipe is simple enough with the right wrench. But when you’re dealing with cracked or burst pipes that need to be replaced and soldered together with a blow torch, consider calling a licensed plumber. You might save a few bucks by doing it yourself, but the risk far outweighs the benefit.
Your water heater is under-performing
Your water heater represents a substantial investment. Not just for the one-time purchase and installation. Your water heater also accounts for about 30% of your annual utility costs. Not only that, it’s a much more intricate plumbing system than it might appear to be, especially if all you’re looking at is a big, cumbersome hot water storage tank. Take it from us: water heater preventative maintenance and repair work is better left to a professional plumber, especially if yours is a gas system where even more is at stake safety wise. .
A stubbornly backed up drain line is a lot more complicated to repair than your run of the mill sink clog. If you notice water from one fixture, like the bathtub, appearing in another, like a nearby sink, you need a plumber with the right tools and expertise to get things moving again. Especially if and when the blockage is the result of a cracked or broken under-ground sewer pipe.
Here at Connor Plumbing, making people happy they chose us to handle a particular plumbing issue has been part of our “MO” since 1908. We’re at our best in determining what originally caused the problem so we can solve the problem itself, and not just treat the symptoms.
For plumbing done right, with a guaranteed upfront price and our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee for your added peace of mind, contact Connor Plumbing today. We promise you’ll be glad you did.