In most areas of home improvement, there are certain projects that can be tackled with a bit of research and an ambitious do-it-yourself approach. However, even the most confident of do-it-yourselfers should avoid certain complicated or high-risk tasks, especially where plumbing is concerned. A plumbing contractor should be your go-to resource if any of these four tasks need to be done around your home.
Installing a Dishwasher
A lot of homeowners mistakenly think that installing a dishwasher is just like installing their laundry appliances. However, the presence of surrounding elements, like counters and cabinets, make installation trickier. The dishwasher needs to be fitted exactly into place and all lines ensured to be free of kinks. If any kinks or twists in the lines are left unaddressed during installation, you could end up with a nasty leak that could take days – and lots of money – to repair.
A contractor will be able to professionally fit and install your dishwasher. They know what common issues can occur during installation and how to prevent them. If you are hesitant to hire a professional plumber due to cost, remember this: A water leak can take days to be noticed, and in that time, it can wreak untold havoc on its surroundings. Suddenly, you’re not saving yourself any money by installing it yourself – because you’re stuck paying for repairs to the water damage.
Dislodging Serious Blockages
While you can handle the average blockage with a plunger or drain snake, homeowners shouldn’t put on their DIY toolbelt when they are faced with a serious blockage in their plumbing system. What might seem like a simple fix to the average person could actually be a tremendous problem – like tree roots growing into the plumbing system near the street. Sometimes, you may need to contact your city administration to tackle certain blockages that can only be identified by the pros.
If your blockage can’t be fixed with a plunger or drain snake, don’t try to tackle it on your own. A botched DIY repair could leave you on the hook for a lot of money and inflict serious water damage onto your home.
Installing a Water Heater
Most water heaters are powered by gas, and any project involving gas lines needs to be handled by a professional and experienced plumbing contractor. In addition to the potential for water leaks, if the heater isn’t installed properly, there is a very real danger of potentially fatal gas leaks that could compromise your health and safety. A gas leak can also contribute to a house fire.
If any home renovation project you plan to do involves the installation or hooking up of a gas line, get a professional in on the job.
If you’re trying to update your home’s plumbing infrastructure, it is best to reach out to a professional contractor. To the average homeowner’s eye, a new pipe joint could look perfect – but a plumber will be able to know for sure through the use of the right tools and educational experience to help them determine that. Once you replace the fixture or plaster up the wall, you won’t be able to see if any leaks form, at least not until it’s too late to combat the damage and you’re left with a hefty repair bill.
A Plumbing Contractor Will Save You Money and Headaches
Many home projects lend themselves to a bit of DIY, but this is not true in the world of plumbing. Even the slightest of errors made can result in extensive damage that is expensive to repair. Improper installation of a water heater could put your life in jeopardy. Water damage can lead to mold and the destruction of anything it comes into contact with.
To save yourself from this drama, consult with a plumbing contractor, get a quote, and get them working on the job. Don’t try to tackle these plumbing projects yourself, unless you also happen to be a licensed contractor.