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With many projects around the home, it can feel great to get in there and get the job done yourself. There’s just something about working with tools and fixing something in your home that provides you with a real sense of accomplishment of a job well done.
However, being your own plumber isn’t one of those tasks. That’s because doing your own plumbing work can actually have disastrous consequences for your home in both the short term and long term. If you don’t get the job done right the first time when you’re hanging a picture or painting a wall, you can always try again with no real consequences. If you don’t get the job done right the first time when you’re trying to be your own plumber, you’re likely looking at hundreds to thousands of dollars in repairs caused by water damage, and you’ll still have to pay to have a professional come to your home and correctly do the job.
Even in a best-case scenario, it’s always going to be better to hire a professional and get the peace of mind that comes with having a licensed professional get the job done right the first time. Here are a few reasons why!
You Don’t Know Plumbing Codes
There’s more to plumbing than simply tightening a seal and checking the pipes for leaks. One of the most important parts of a plumbing job is making sure that the work is done in accordance with the local government’s plumbing codes. Plumbing codes are meant to ensure clean, safe water throughout the city, and if you’ve failed to perform work in accordance with them, you might end up with improper ventilation for your drains, backflow problems or other water-related issues that can cause real problems for you and your neighbors.
Even if you don’t end up with an issue in your home and escape a fine from the city, being your own plumber can have devastating long-term consequences when the time comes to sell your home. If you do try to sell your house, the buyer will almost certainly want an inspection done, and if you’ve tried to do your own plumbing work, this is where it can really cost you. An inspection will likely reveal that your work wasn’t up to code, which means several repairs will be necessary in order to bring the property in compliance with local regulations.
Most buyers aren’t going to be willing to pay for those errors, which means you’ll have to pay for a plumber to fix the damage anyway and will likely have to accept a lower offer from the buyer — if they’re even still interested in the purchase. It’s far better to have the job done right the first time and know that your home is in compliance, both for the immediate future and years down the road.
You Lack the Right Knowledge or Tools
Plumbing is not an easy job. It takes a lot of time and effort for a plumber to learn his trade and understand what needs to be done to get the job done right the first time. Unless you were trained by a professional plumbing expert, you almost certainly won’t have the knowledge needed to get things fixed at your Bedford, TX home — which means your efforts are likely a waste of time and money.
Plumbing repair is not as simple as going to the local hardware store, finding a new pipe and putting it in place. You’ve got to make sure that you can spot the issue and fix it properly, and you’ve got to make sure that you have the right tools for the job. Most people don’t have anywhere near as many tools as a professionally licensed plumber consistently has at their disposal, and buying those tools can get expensive.
Even if you do have the right tools for the job, performing the job well requires taking a look at the pipes and correctly diagnosing the problem on the first effort. Without real plumbing experience, the odds of you being able to do that are rather slim, and if you make a mistake, you can cause real damage to your house. If the next tip applies to you, that can be a disaster.
You Don’t Have Plumbing Insurance
Let’s say that you’re one of the few people who actually knows and understands plumbing codes. Unless you’re a licensed plumber, it’s still a bad idea to do your own plumbing work, because it’s rather easy to make a mistake when performing plumbing work.
That’s why a professionally licensed plumbing expert always carries insurance before they start working on any job. A professional knows that sometimes, things have to get worse before they get better, and if they have to create one problem in order to solve the original one, the home owner isn’t responsible for repairing those damages. Insurance takes care of that and ensures that the homeowner only pays for the necessary plumbing work. If a mistake occurs and the wrong pipe comes out, plumbing insurance covers that too.
The average DIYer doesn’t carry that kind of insurance at their home, because they’re not a regular plumber and thus have no need for it. But that means that if you try to perform your own plumbing work, one mistake can be very costly. Your insurance won’t cover any mistakes you make, so if anything goes wrong, you’re on the hook for any and all damages that you might cause. Bringing in a plumbing expert the first time prevents all of those costs from happening.
At Tioga Plumbing & Electric, we’re here to make sure that plumbing is done right the first time because all of our plumbing work is performed by an experienced, licensed plumber who knows how to make proper repairs the first time. If there’s a plumbing issue at your Bedford, TX home, give us a call and get peace of mind that the job is in safe hands!