March 10, 2017
It makes a lot of sense for homeowners to become familiar and comfortable with making minor household repairs for both financial and timely reasons. There are many tools and resources for learning common plumbing maintenance and fixes, such as the DIY Network and The Family Handyman. Having the right tools and knowledge for simple plumbing jobs can be convenient to your family and your schedule. When hiring a professional plumber, you will have to schedule a time that works with their availability, which is often during working hours. Performing simple plumbing maintenance can help prevent larger repairs down the road. The key is having a good grasp on what repairs or maintenance is within your skill set, and which ones may be above your level. If you plan on taking on the project yourself, you will be responsible for the costs of the right tools and materials, as well as the research. Failing to turn off the water or performing a repair incorrectly can result in damaging parts that could need replacement or even worse, injuring yourself. If a repair is done incorrectly, the issue may come back once the temporary fix fails.
Example DIY Jobs:
If you are not quite sure about your ability to tackle a plumbing project, it may be best to hire a professional. As with any other service, by hiring a professional your are guaranteeing the person performing the repair has the trusted experience, education, and is licensed. Professionals can help you better plan for budgeting and timelines relating to the project or renovation. Plumbers can efficiently diagnose and provide solutions for your plumbing needs, while identifying other potential issues you may have missed. While you will have to pay for parts and labor, at least you can relax knowing that you are getting compatible and reliable parts for the job. Often times if a repair does not work correctly, the plumber will offer a warranty or discounted rate for coming back.
Example jobs that require a professional:
If you still aren’t sure about taking on an upcoming plumbing project or repair, contact the professionals at Tindall Ranson at for a consultation: 609-924-3434.
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