When do you recommend we hire a plumber vs. DIY?
Owning a home means that it’s likely you’ve made DIY repairs in the past and will consider doing so next time repairs need to be made. Thanks to countless Internet how-to’s and blogs, DIY plumbing is easier than ever. However, not every job can be done yourself. You may not have the time or know-how to complete a job, or the job may be too big for one person. It’s important to know when to hire a plumber and when to get your hands dirty.
The main thing to consider is cost. Plumbers charge by the hour or by the job, and the cost of labor is often the biggest expense, not materials. However, every job has different costs associated with it. For example, replacing a gasket in a faucet will be less expensive than purchasing and replacing the entire fixture. It will usually cost less to do the project yourself, as long as you know what you’re doing. However, mistakes sometimes cost time and money to correct. If you’re unsure of how to accomplish the job, the best option may be to hire a plumber.
Plumbers have training and experience to ensure that the job is done correctly. They know the local codes, obtain permits and get inspections as needed to protect you and your home. They have the proper tools for each task and are well equipped to handle any plumbing problem.
We recommend calling us at 1-800-768-6911 for all types of plumbing repair needs—big and small. As always, we’ll be here with lots of tips on how to do the best DIY plumbing job.