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DIY Plumbing: Good Idea, Bad Idea

Did you ever wake from a sound sleep because of an annoying drip coming from the next room? You probably know that if you don’t fix a leaky faucet, you won’t get a good night’s sleep until you stop the drip. Even if you have the tools and expertise to fix a minor plumbing problem, you may be too busy to tackle the job until the weekend, and by then, you’re likely to be exhausted from lack of sleep. A San Antonio plumber can take care of minor plumbing problems as well as major troubles quickly and efficiently and help get your life back to normal again.

If you’re handy with tools and have plenty of time, you may want to replace a faucet, repair a small leak or unclog a drain without getting help from an expert. If you’re confident about your ability, you may save money by doing those jobs yourself. However, some people have found that DIY work can eventually cost more than the price of hiring an experienced San Antonio plumbing specialist who has the proper tools and knowledge to do the job right.

According to When to Hire a Plumber – For Dummies, there are numerous situations that are handled best by professionals. You can actually save money by hiring a plumber when you have an extensive problem or when you risk causing more damage by trying to fix a plumbing concern yourself. When you aren’t sure what’s wrong with your plumbing, you can spend more money trying to fix the wrong things than it would cost for you to hire an experienced plumber who can pinpoint the exact location of your problem.  For example:

• A blockage in the main sewer line can cause toilets to back up into your showers or tubs, and most people don’t have the special equipment needed to clear the line.

• If a water or sewer line problem requires digging up a pipe, you could create a geyser in your yard if you don’t know what you’re doing.

• If you break a valve when you try to shut off the water to begin your project, you’ll have two repairs to make in addition to lots of frustration.

• When you remodel your kitchen or bathroom and move your current plumbing, it’s best to hire a professional to ensure a quality job.

Additionally, a professional can also prevent problems from becoming become more significant by spotting  troubles while making repairs.

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  1. John Williams Commented ()

    This is great info. I have seen many people get into trouble and make issues worse when trying to repair it themselves which costs even more money than if they had just called a plumber to start with. Thanks for sharing! Plumbers Columbia SC

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