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Plumbing Repair: When to Call in the Professionals

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Many homeowners have attempted a plumbing repair only to fail and actually make matters worse. When this happens, not only do they waste time and money but also subject there home to potential water damage resulting from their faulty repair adding even more cost to the project. Running toilets, leaky sink drains or garbage disposals on the fritz are common plumbing problems handy homeowners try to tackle. The following post will outline some easy repairs you can attempt without the risk of potentially ruining your home as well as the repairs you should never attempt.

The Consequences

While repairing your plumbing yourself can save you a few dollars in repair costs, a faulty plumbing repair can result in costly water damage to your home. For instance, the water resulting from a faulty sink drain, faucet or toilet repair can ruin your cabinetry, flooring, walls and baseboard. In addition, when things get wet, there is a high chance that mold and mildew growth are soon to follow. The consequences can be severe and add thousands of dollars to a project that should have been a fraction of the cost.

Think Before You Dive In

Common household plumbing problems include both easy and difficult fixes. Often a problem that seems simple turns into plumbing nightmare, setting off a chain of events as one problem leads to another. The next thing you know, you are ripping out cabinets and cutting into walls as you discover the shutoff valve you thought was leaking is actually a leaking supply line within the wall. You can avoid adding to the cost of a plumbing repair in your home by simply staying away from most of them. In fact, if there is even a small chance that your repair could fail and allow water to pour into your home, you should call a licensed plumbing contractor immediately.

What You Can Do

There are a few plumbing repairs a handy homeowner can safely do without the risk of damaging their homes. Replacing faucet aerators, shower knobs or faucet handles is not that complicated; however, there are repairs a novice should never undertake.

  • Any repair involving electricity and water is a dangerous mix. Garbage disposal or water heater replacement both qualify as household plumbing repairs best left to the professional.
  • Any repair that could result in home flooding should the repair fail.
  • Repairs that could result in additional damage to household plumbing systems such as drain cleaning and/or snaking.

Why Hire a Professional Plumber

Professional plumbing contractors are required to undergo continuous training and education to maintain their license. They carry the experience and knowledge to make plumbing repairs correctly without the added risk of additional home damage. However, should their repair fail, they also are required to carry liability insurance that protects your home should that unfortunate circumstance occur.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.