Published on February 25th, 2019
Everyone has a little bit of a do-it-yourself spirit within them. That’s why home renovation stores exist – for you to take property repairs and renovations into your own hands.
While there’s no reason why you can’t paint your house, put up a fence, or even install new cabinetry in your kitchen, there’s a multitude of reasons why you should leave plumbing (and electrics) to the expert plumbers.
You might think to add a few pipes here and there is an easy enough task, but it can end up costing you a fortune in repairs. Here’s why you should always call in the plumbing professionals.
1. Your Workmanship May Not Meet Standards
Every house has a minimum building code requirement – a standard up to which all installations and structures must meet. Most people know they must get certified and qualified plumbers to install plumbing into their new home, but what about renovations?
It doesn’t matter whether you have a burst pipe, a dripping tap, or a blocked toilet, if you don’t know how to repair or make amendments safely or to a standard acceptable by your local authority, then call a professional. The last thing you want to do is face trouble trying to sell your property because of shoddy workmanship down the line.
2. You May Make the Problem Worse
If you find yourself with a plumbing problem of any variety – or even something gas-related, you may believe it looks simple enough to fix. The problem is, many plumbing-related issues seem straightforward to repair on the surface.
It’s not until expert plumbers delve deep do they find that the minor problem is the tip of the iceberg. When it comes to plumbing repairs, you sometimes have to climb down the rabbit warren – and only an expert knows how to do so in a safe manner without exacerbating the situation. Save yourself the money and call your local plumbers before getting your tools out.
3. You Can Get It Wrong
If you are installing new taps, a showerhead, or even a toilet, it’s easy enough to think the instruction manual tells you everything you need to know. Next thing you know, you’re four hours into a half-hour job, and you’re no closer to the final product.
Now all you have is a pile of parts and an unhappy spouse who’s desperate to use the shower! Before you get to that point, make one phone call and let plumbers with years of experience take care of it for you.
4. You Void Your Warranty
After spending hundreds, or even thousands of dollars on something new – like a shower or toilet, you may feel like saving a few hundred dollars on the installation process. While it’s okay to want to save money, it may not be okay if the product you buy ends up to be faulty.
In many cases, you can void your warranty immediately if you do not enlist the help of professionals to install any plumbing-related products. Manufacturers often prefer their customers to do it correctly the first time, and can’t trust that your inexperience hasn’t impacted the quality of their product or its ability to do its job.
5. Guaranteed Workmanship
The best thing about hiring plumbers to install toilets, fix leaks, and do all manner of plumbing-related tasks is that most of them guarantee their workmanship and parts. You can ring them, tell them what you need, then let them do all the work.
They will use high-quality and reputable parts, use their years of experience to install them or repair yours, then leave you with peace of mind that if you have any problems, they will resolve them. Of course, not all plumbers are the same, so find out what systems they have in place before you hire them.
6. It’s Safer If You Do
It can take years to become a plumber, learning everything there is to know about the trade. However, some people believe they can read the instructions on a packet and get to work on installing or repairing something themselves with ease. While some tasks are straightforward enough to complete yourself – such as changing a tap washer – others are not. It’s far safer for yourself and your family to call in the experts.
In any given home, you have running water in the same area as electricity. While the two are not sitting together, all it takes is for a flood to occur and you have yourself a potentially dangerous situation. Inexperience with any plumbing tasks can be fatal.
Everyone likes to save money where they can, but it can be like scratching a lottery ticket when it comes to plumbing – you’re unlikely to win. Save yourself a lot of hassle, heartbreak, and added costs by skipping the DIY process and jumping straight into calling an expert. You won’t regret it.
My name is Theresa Le Roux, I am originally from Montreal, Canada but I have spent the last 5 years in beautiful New Zealand. I write Digital marketing articles for businesses that want a different perspective on subjects that are important to their content output. I regularly contribute articles to Clickthrough. I am a diehard Game of Thrones fan with a passion for novels and live music! My career goal is to one day write a novel of my own. Connect me via email [email protected]