If you have a minor toilet clog or leaky shower head, you could always give your neighbor a quick call, but will he or she fix the problem properly? What if the showerhead is screwed on too tightly and a pipe bends? All you're left with is a busted pipe and a sorry neighbor. Although taking measures into your own hands is one way to keep money in the bank, you may end up spending more if your DIY method goes wrong.
Here are three important reasons why you should hire a licensed plumber:
1. Passed a background check
When you welcome a licensed plumber into your home, you know you are safe. Plumbers must pass a criminal background check before they become qualified and receive their license. Before you let your plumber into your home, be sure to ask to see his or her license. You can even call the company and ask for a confirmation of the plumber's identity.
2. Received proper training
Licensed plumbers go through extensive rounds of training before being deemed professional. They study piping materials, handy tools and a range of systems including drain, water, sewer and gas lines. In order to be an efficient plumber, one must be well-trained to understand where all the parts go and which pieces fit together. Some states require basic coursework on top of passing a licensing test, while others require continuous education courses to remain updated on the latest billing codes, equipment upgrades and safety concerns.
3. Won't cause further damage
To prevent further damage to your pipes and drainage systems, avoid the DIY method. A licensed plumber knows the ins and outs of every system - he or she is able to locate the problem right away without fiddling around. This will save you both time and money in the long run.
Call your local Roto-Rooter for all of your plumbing needs.