Have you been bitten by the DIY bug? After watching one too many HGTV shows, you think you can do all your home repairs all on your own?
Thanks to this DIY obsession, you “fixed” a leak under your sink. You think everything is good…until the next morning when you walk out to the kitchen. Your floors are flooded with water.
What went wrong?
Well, unfortunately for your floors, you didn’t have the expertise needed to fix this leak. Instead, you should have hired a professional!
5 Benefits of Hiring a Professional Plumber
Many people try to avoid the cost of a professional plumber by doing it themselves. However, hiring a plumber actually has many benefits.
Check out the list below on the 5 benefits of hiring a professional plumber!
They save You Money
In the example above, that simple kitchen sink leak would have cost you a couple of hundred dollars to get fixed by a licensed plumber. After that DIY mishap, you’re now looking at costs in the thousands of dollars.
You’ll need to replace the damaged floors and cabinets in addition to repairing the plumbing. You may also have to deal with mold which can be expensive.
Overall, hiring a professional plumber may be more costly upfront, but it will save you money in the long-term. The issue will be fixed the first time around. You also won’t have to deal with any damage caused by a faulty fix.
They’re Professionally Trained
Plumbers are trained and licensed professionals. They have years of training which includes a 4 to 5-year apprenticeship. They’re familiar with blueprints as well as the local building code.
Because of this, they know what they’re doing when it comes to plumbing. As an expert, there are certain plumbing concerns you should let them handle. These concerns require complex knowledge of plumbing systems as well as the local building code.
Depending on your state, licensed plumbers must have general liability insurance. That means if they’re working on your plumbing issue and accidentally cause further damage, their insurance will cover the cost.
The same can’t be said if you were to do-it-yourself. If you try to tighten a pipe and accidentally break it, you would be stuck paying for the damage and replacement parts
They Can Provide You with Diagnostics
Because plumbers are experts and have extensive training, they can determine what the root cause of your plumbing issue.
For example, you call them because your toilet is constantly clogging and leaking. You think it may be a simple fix with some Draino. Once the plumber inspects it, however, he finds that a tree root has grown into the sewer pipe.
This tree root is causing the clog and will need to be removed as soon as possible. If it wasn’t caught in time, this tree root would have completely damaged the sewer line. Replacing a sewer line would have cost you thousands of dollars. Thankfully, the plumber’s diagnostics was able to save you a great deal of money!
They Can Help You in Emergencies
Last but not least, plumbers are available 24/7 for emergency service repairs. That means most professional plumbers can assist a homeowner ASAP in an emergency. If you have a serious leak that is flooding your house, you should be able to find a plumber to come within the hour.
These plumbers also have all the parts needed to repair common plumbing issues. If you want to do-it-yourself, you likely won’t have the parts handy.
Hire a Plumber
Next time, before you get the urge to fix yourself, check if that’s a good idea. Some repairs are beyond your skill set. Hiring a professional plumber may be the smartest and most cost-effective option for you.
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