When to Do It Yourself and When to Call a Plumber

When to Do It Yourself and When to Call a Plumber

Many people are on a pretty small budget right after the purchase of a new house. Even though this may just be the home of your dreams you still have to keep costs low. What repairs could you put off for a little bit and what needs to be repaired at the moment? When it comes to repairing or upgrading the plumbing should you work with a professional plumbing technician or try it all by yourself?  Let’s look at when to do it yourself and when to call a plumber.

Here’s a few things to think about:

Benefits of DIY Projects

It is a good idea if:

1. It is a good option if you have some understanding of plumbing. If you are handy and can fix things around the home on your own, then you should try. However, and this is important be very honest about your ability. You really don’t want to end up having to pay more to fix the mistake you made when compared with what you would’ve for the first repair.

2. Your plumbing issue is quick and easy to repair. Plumbing, when errors are made can make the issue much worse instead of better. Big repairs will need a plumber, but minor things like replacing a faucet is ok.  Here is how to fix a leaky faucet.

3. Make sure you have a backup plan. You could find yourself with a flood in the basement or bathroom when the issue is more serious than you first thought. In the middle of a flood is not when you want to try and learn how to fix the plumbing. Just in case, have the name of a plumbing company close by.


Disadvantages of doing it yourself:

1. If you are unsure if this will be fixed easily or the repairs needed are considerable. Major repairs need to have a pro and not a band aid solution. Something else about plumbing issues in particular stuff like leaks the faster you get them repaired the less costly it is. Structural damage and decaying wood happens if water leaks are not fixed.

2. You bought a house that requires a lot of repairs. Older houses that have not been properly taken care of often need a lot of work, which includes updating the complete plumbing system. This is too big a job to do on your own, it needs a plumber.

3. The cost the plumber is asking is fairly low. Get the pros do the work for you.

Why You Need Professional Water Heater Repair

Why You Need Professional Water Heater Repair

There is nothing worse than having to take a cold shower first thing in the morning because your hot water heater isn’t working.  Your hot water heater gets used a lot so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that at some point it is going to need to be repaired or even replaces.  You will also have to consider whether to bother with a repair or just replace your hot water heater altogether.  To make that choice you need consider the age and the condition that your water heater is in and of course the budget.  Fix or replace, you are going to need a pro for the job.  Here is why you need professional water heater repair.

If your water heater is more than decade old then you probably shouldn’t bother with repairing it.  Not only is it likely you will be repairing it again in the near future but newer water heaters are much more efficient and the savings on your monthly electrical bill can be pretty high.  On the other hand if your water heater is only a year or two old then you should first check if you have any warranty and if not you can probably get it repaired.

How Hot Water Heaters Work

As a homeowner you should have a working knowledge of how hot water heaters work so that you can diagnose the problem before you call someone to come in to fix it.  A hot water heater isn’t complicated at all, cold water comes into the tank and the element or burner starts heating it.  You can control the temperature of the hot water heater with the thermostat.  When you  turn on the tap you will get cold water for a second or two then the hot water will start flowing.  Hot water heaters come with a safety feature that will shut the unit down if there is a short circuit, a break in the thermostat or problems with the valve controlling the water.

Calling in a Pro

When your hot water heater gives out on you the first thing you want to look at is the circuit breaker and check whether it needs to be turned back on or not.  That is pretty much the extent of the work you want to do yourself.  Some hot water tanks run on natural gas and that requires a professional to disconnect or repair the tank.  If your tank runs on electricity that still requires a plumber to come in to take it apart and diagnose the problem.

While a hot water heater really isn’t a complicated piece of equipment it should still be repaired or replaced by a professional.