Should You Attempt Your Own Plumbing Repair?

Should You Attempt Your Own Plumbing Repair?

In these trying financial times we are all looking for ways to cut costs, and many homeowners are choosing to learn to repair their property damage rather than hire a professional to do the job. Taking a DIY approach to home repairs and decorating has the potential to not only save you money but also provide a sense of satisfaction from learning and implementing new skills.

However, plumbing is one area which people are definitely advised to leave to the professionals. Homeowners are increasingly taking on work that, if not handled properly, can lead to extreme property damage and prove far more expensive in the long run.

If you do find yourself facing plumbing problems, first consider the following before you attempt to take on any home plumbing jobs yourself:

Do you have the experience? Unless you’ve attend any plumbing courses and have some knowledge of plumbing fittings, the answer is probably no.

Do you have the correct tools? Do you own the correct plumbing supplies and know your drain snake from your basin wrench? If not, best leave it to the pros.

Do you have insurance? A professional plumber should have insurance to cover any possible accidents or damage. Should your own attempts at plumbing prove disastrous, not only will you likely face higher costs than you would have had you hired a tradesman to begin with, but it’s unlikely that the damage done to your home will be insured.