The COVID-19 pandemic made hiring in-home professionals a bigger deal than it used to be. As a result, more homeowners decided to take on DIY projects. Doing housework by yourself can save money and time—when you do it the right way.
Some projects are better left to the professionals, including pipe repair. Trying to save a buck by fixing your plumbing boosts your chances of needing bigger, longer, and pricier repairs down the line.
Hiring a plumbing company is worth every bit of money and effort you put into it. If you’re not convinced, take a look at these reasons why working with a professional plumber is the way to go.
1. Don’t Waste Time, Money, and Effort
Right now, the fear of inviting people into their houses temps homeowners to go with DIY repairs. Many feel like doing the work themselves avoids meeting up with a stranger and takes less time overall. In turn, making it safer during the pandemic. They’re confident enough in their know-how and skills to think it won’t be that much effort, either.
The ironic, sad reality is that people making that choice tend to waste a lot of time and effort. Their plans for health and safety backfire when they end up staying several hours in a hardware store looking for the parts they need. They spend more time around a larger number of people than they would have if they called a professional from the get-go.
What’s worse is that they may realize they don’t have the right part once they come home. Wasting money and time makes it even more frustrating. Other times, they find they’re not up to the task once they start working.
Homeowners that try to do major DIY pipe repair usually end up calling a professional plumber for one or more of those reasons. Making the call firsthand saves time, money, and effort you’d spend rooting around in a hardware store.
2. Enjoy a Professional Safety Net
If you’re used to doing minor repairs, you may think of yourself as a handy person ready to take on any job. Failing to realize when a project is beyond your skill level can compromise your house and be an expensive mistake.
Homeowners’ insurance doesn’t always cover damage from botched DIY jobs. Policies vary, so check yours for the details—but consider giving yourself a professional safety net anyway. Even if your insurance covers the cost of your mistake, your premium could go up afterward.
When you hire a plumber, the responsibility for your home’s integrity is in their hands. As long as a plumber is licensed and insured, they have an insurance policy that pays when issues come up if they’re at fault.
If your “fixed” pipe springs a leak and floods your basement, do you want to worry about whether your insurance will pay for the damage? Hiring someone to do plumbing repairs keeps you out of tricky situations like that. Wouldn’t you rather call the person who did the work? Then you can sit back while they fix their mistake and handle the costs.
3. Don’t Chance Water Damage to Your Home
The biggest reason to call a plumber when you need to fix a pipe is that causing water damage is all too easy. It doesn’t take a big leak to cause mold, rot, and other dangerous home problems. One loose pipe joint could lead to thousands of dollars of unseen damage.
Slow leaks often lurk behind your home’s walls. It’s not obvious until you have a massive problem on your hands. You could do a DIY pipe repair and find out months or years later that you made a messy, expensive mistake. Damage like that can be dangerous if someone is sensitive to mold or your house’s structure starts to rot.
Professional plumbers commit to high standards and have the know-how to avoid water damage. You can trust most professionals, but you don’t have to believe their commitment to quality. Why’s that?
Plumbers that make big mistakes and ruin people’s houses all the time don’t get much business in the long term. They also have to pay higher insurance premiums for their companies and are at risk of losing their jobs. Plumbers may even lose their licenses altogether if they make enough mistakes.
4. Don’t Get Sick From a Pipe Repair Gone Wrong
The average American uses as many as 100 gallons of water for their everyday activities. Common uses like drinking, cooking, showers, and brushing teeth can end in disaster—illness or worse—if done with contaminated water. Sewer gas leaking from damaged waste pipes causes illness as well.
Don’t be too proud to hire a plumber when your household’s health is at stake.
Part of the reason you want to avoid professional repairs may be COVID-19 risk. Drinking contaminated water and heading to the ER puts you at higher risk of infection than inviting a plumber or two into your home does—and that’s not considering how miserable you’d be, to begin with, after drinking dirty water or breathing in harmful gases.
There are so many causes of home water supply disasters like these. A loose pipe joint or valve is the most obvious and leads to water and gas leaks.
Less apparent issues include routing wastewater into clean water pipes and using materials that aren’t safe around potable water. Using the wrong glue or type of pipe is a simple beginner’s mistake that could make you very ill.
Fixing an issue like that calls for pulling all the work you did out of the walls and redoing it with the right materials. Getting in touch with a professional plumber and having the job done well the first time around saves you the grief.
Solve Your Atlanta Plumbing Problems
Nobody wants to deal with plumbing problems, but we all face them now and then. It’s essential to get pipe repairs done the right way the first time to avoid stacking costs that you can’t afford. These four reasons to call a plumber when a pipe repair is in order should be enough to convince you that there are better places to apply your DIY skills.
When you have leaky pipes and other issues in the Atlanta area, contact Millwood Plumbing for professional plumbing services you can count on.