Your faucet is leaking or your drain is clogged. Both sound like simple DIY jobs. However, unless you take the appropriate steps, you may find that a minor problem has become a major issue, and you need a plumber out immediately. To avoid a plumbing emergency, it’s critical to understand when it’s okay for you to tackle a job and when you should hire a Southern California plumber.
Do You Have the Skills and the Tools?
A lot of people think if they have a plumber’s wrench and a drain snake, they can handle most plumbing jobs without the help of a professional. In some cases, they can and in others they cannot.
First, let’s just agree that professional plumbers do more than snake drains and clear clogs. They have the skills to hydro-jet, and properly install supply lines and drains. They also know local building codes, so their work will pass inspection. They have training in all aspects of plumbing that most homeowners just don’t have.
Plumbers also have the tools to do the job properly the first time. Many homeowners find they need more than a wrench and a drain snake when it comes to most plumbing jobs. This means the homeowner has to figure out what tool is needed and either rent or buy it. A plumber already has the tools at hand to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
What Jobs Can a Homeowner Tackle?
To be on the safe side, here’s a short list of jobs that many homeowners can tackle, as long as the problem is straightforward:
- Unclogging a drain. That drain snake or a plunger can usually clear most clogs (please, no chemicals!). If you choose to use a drain snake, be careful as it can cause damage to your pipes. If the drain keeps getting clogged, however, it is time to bring in the pros.
- Fixing a leaky faucet. If you just remember to turn off the supply line, fixing a leaky faucet should be a simply enough job. However, if you don’t have the proper tools, a professional can do the job faster.
- Adjusting a sink stopper. When the stopper doesn’t fit properly into the drain opening, a simple adjustment with a pair of pliers can fix the problem. If the adjustment requires accessing the inside of the pipe, leave it to the professionals.
If you find yourself tackling a plumbing job that is just beyond your skills or toolkit, it’s time to call in the professionals in Los Angeles and Orange County. Adeedo! is here for you. Call us today at (833) 936-1791or schedule an appointment online.