Plumbing: Should You DIY?
Plumbing repairs can be a real drain. From malfunctioning faucets to clogged commodes, your porcelain palace can easily become your home’s biggest money pit. Plumbing expenses can vary significantly depending on the scope of the project, cost of materials, permitting, and labor costs.
Depending on these factors, a DIY (Do It Yourself) plumbing project may be a cost-effective option. Before paying the cost of parts and tools, be sure to compare pricing against hiring a local Orlando plumber. Moreover, trying to complete a DIY project that is too complex may result in more damage. Keep reading for some helpful tips on when to throw in the towel on your DIY project.
Get a Handle on it: Easy DIY Plumbing Projects
Some plumbing projects are considered minor and easy to complete yourself. These projects include:
- Installing a new faucet – Installing or replacing a faucet is simple and won’t cost much money or time. Choose the faucet you want at any hardware store, turn off the water valves (they’re usually under the sink), remove the old faucet and install the new one.
- Replacing a washing machine hose – You can replace your old washing machine hose by unplugging your washer, turning off the water supply, disconnecting the old hose, and attaching the new hose. Remember to turn the water supply back on!
- Repairing toilet hardware – Replacement toilet parts are inexpensive and can usually be installed easily. Home improvement stores also sell DIY kits that come with all the tools and parts you need to fix minor toilet issues.
Water under the Fridge: Before You DIY
Want a catastrophe-free Do It Yourself experience? Keep these important guidelines in mind:
- Always know where the main water supply shut-off valve is in your home. If you’re unsure of where the valve is, call your local utility company to find out.
- Make sure you have all the tools and materials needed for your project before you start.
- Check local codes before starting a plumbing project. Some projects and repairs may require a licensed plumber.
Take the Plunge: Call a Plumber
Plumbing requires knowledge of code requirements, parts, and materials. Attempting complex plumbing projects, such as water heater repair or garbage disposal repair, without the proper experience and equipment will likely turn out to be more trouble than it’s worth. When you’re wondering whether you should call a plumber, ask yourself these questions:
- Does the plumbing fixture have hot water or electricity running to it?
- Is the plumbing repair internal/do I have to open the walls?
- Am I moving or expanding my home’s plumbing?
- Is the issue outside the home/in the ground?
- Is the fixture being installed for the first time?
If your answer to any of these questions is affirmative, calling your plumber is the best option. Also keep in mind that many large plumbing projects, such as remodels, require a permit. Consult your plumber to find out if a permit is needed for your plumbing project.
Now that you have a better understanding of plumbing repair, you have something to go on – call your plumber or get started on your DIY project today!