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Your home is a huge investment, and taking good care of it should be a priority. But life often gets in the way, and sometimes little nagging issues turn into big problems.That’s why it can really pay off to know how to handle small household repairs on your own. You can confidently fix something when it first breaks down, without having to call in a handyman every other week.
Your home’s plumbing system is bound to present you with regular maintenance opportunities, so a little know-how can go a long way.
Basic Plumbing – DIY
Modern life relies very heavily on plumbing, so it’s a good idea to get some basic plumbing tools and skills under your belt so that you can swiftly fix a clogged drain or leaky faucet before they interrupt your life. Calling out a professional plumber is an unnecessary expense for some of these minor problems.
Leave plumbing to the professionals if you want to install pipes from scratch, have to replace badly corroded pipes, think you smell sewer gas, need to access pipes that are in the wall, crawl space or foundation, or generally find yourself needing expensive and specialized equipment. If you think it will take you more than a few hours to do a plumbing job yourself, go ahead and call a professional. He or she will get the job done fast and will ensure that you aren’t without water for too long.
Sometimes plumbing is a job that’s not for the faint of heart. Plumbers have to work in cramped spaces and still manage to wield tools and see what they are doing, so physical flexibility and strength are paramount for plumbers. They might need to get into the crawl space of your house, a place that makes even the spookiest of attics look warm and inviting, so a certain level of bravery and fortitude is required. And if the work requires digging outside, professional plumbers have access to a whole team of people to dig long and deep trenches by hand or to operate specialized digging equipment, which will make the job go so much faster.
Complex plumbing jobs also often require the plumber to know geometry and algebra, as well as general knowledge of construction. In other words, plumbing is a specialized trade for a reason, so if you feel out of your depth, don’t hesitate to call a pro.
Cathy Habas is a writer and editor from Louisville, Kentucky. She enjoys covering almost everything – tech, business, finance, gardening, home improvement, DIY and more! Her latest work credentials are for DirtWirx as website content writer and for HRC as article contributor.