Small plumbing problems can often be fixed with a bit of knowledge. However, people sometimes overestimate their abilities, and some end up performing tasks that are better left to professionals. Here are a few reasons to consider hiring a plumber if you’re in need of plumbing repairs.
Repair work has a tendency to take more time than anticipated, and a task you predict might only take an hour or two can quickly occupy a day or more. When you hire a plumber, you can avoid wasting hours of time on a task that a professional can complete quickly. Calculate how much your time is worth compared to how much a professional charges; it’s often well worth the money spent.
Making the Problem Worse
Too often, people trying to fix a problem end up making it worse. In some situations, a problem that would take a professional minutes to fix can turn into a much larger, and more expensive, project due to damage caused by fault repair work. Hiring a professional comes with a guarantee, so consider the cost of mistakes before performing plumbing work yourself.
In addition to providing repair work, a plumber will also look for signs of damage. Leaks can wreak havoc on your home by causing mold and rot, and this damage can occur from even the smallest of leaks. Perform repair work without proper training increases the likelihood of causing this type of damage dramatically, so long-term damage needs to be considered when you perform your own plumbing repair work.
Rules vary, but most areas require that certain plumbing work only be performed by a licensed professional. In some places, even seemingly minor work must be done by a professional plumber, and failing to have the work certified can cause major issues, especially if an inspector notices the discrepancy. In some situations, agencies might even demand the work be redone by a plumber, negating the benefit of do-it-yourself work to begin with.
General-purpose repair skills are useful, and they can save money if used properly. Some tasks, including plumbing and electrical work, require expertise, and choosing to stretch your skills might lead to disastrous results. Be cautious when it comes to plumbing, as small mistakes are easy to make and costly to fix.
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is headquartered in Lakeport, California, and we offer services throughout all of Mendocino County and parts of Lake County. We offer 24/7 repairs, and our installation services help you get new dishwashers, water heaters, and other equipment up and running quickly and safely.