Should I try DIY Plumbing or Hire a Plumber?

Sometimes you may have a plumbing problem at your home and you can’t decide whether you should spend money on a professional plumber or have a go at fixing the problem yourself.

Hiring a professional plumber may seem like the most expensive option as if you fix your plumbing yourself, you’ll only have to pay for the parts you use. But buying the wrong parts, which is a possibility if you’re an amateur, could end up as a costly mistake as you buy more parts for the job or have to hike back to your local DIY store.

If you try to handle the plumbing yourself, it will almost certainly take more time to fix the problem than it would if you hired a plumber. This may leave you or your family living in a chaotic state while you spend your free time trying to sort your plumbing system. What’s more, if you have a job to go to then you should factor in any lost earnings too.

Think about the long-term. If you fix the plumbing yourself, you may only be fixing a superficial problem while missing more serious issues to come to light at a later date, costing you dearly. If you don’t know what you’re doing and don’t fix the problem properly, then you could also having sleepless nights wondering if your handiwork will last. Getting a plumber who knows his stuff will give you peace of mind that the problem won’t recur or even worsen further down the line. If you do the plumbing yourself, you have to be certain that you can complete the work to the standard of a professional plumber, or at least nearly as well, and that takes some real DIY skills and a comprehensive knowledge of how plumbing works.

Sometimes DIY plumbing is not an option and taking to your plumbing system, spanner in hand, will only serve to make the problems worse. This could result in extra time and money being spent on a qualified plumber to fix the problem. Only try to tackle leaks and other plumbing problems if you’re certain that you’ve identified the cause of the issue and you have enough DIY experience to know what you’re doing. Problems such as minor blockages can be handled by homeowners but a professional plumber is needed if you have any doubts about your abilities or if you think that the problem may be serious.

A trained plumber will be able to identify the problem quickly. They will usually be fully stocked with the right tools and have the expertise to fix your plumbing effectively so that it will be working again as good as new. You may not have the right tools to complete the job, which would mean purchasing expensive new tools that you may never use again. If you try to make do with the tools that you already have in your toolbox, you could end up making the problem worse or even injuring yourself.

DIY injuries can occur if you’re an inexperienced DIY-er. Hiring a plumber will give you peace of mind. With an experienced plumber, you will be sure that the job is done properly and there’ll be no risk to yourself or your property.

If you can’t be sure that you can complete the plumbing to a similar standard so that your workmanship will stand the test of time, then it’s time to contact a local plumber.

G&A Plumbing is a professional firm of plumbers offering reliable plumbing work and affordable prices. Our plumbers are fully qualified and can provide expert emergency plumbing and regular plumbing. Contact G&A for advice for free today on 0800 626430.

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