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A Professional Plumber Can Save You Many Headaches — Plumbing Part 5

A lot of people may think that using professional services for plumbing is much more expensive than doing it by yourself. In some cases, this may be true. However, many times the cost can be very reasonable when you call a plumber in Raleigh. You also can avoid a lot of headaches, especially if the job turns out to be much more than you originally expected it to be.

Do it Yourself Projects

Some do it yourself home plumbing projects may be simple and straightforward. For example, you might decide to install a new kitchen faucet, or perhaps an “on the counter” water filter. There may be no need to call for a professional for these jobs.  There are plenty of things that a competent handy-person can successfully complete around the home, and buying the items and installing them yourself is often a very cost effective way to manage simple home repairs, maintenance and improvements.

When “Doing it Yourself “Goes Wrong

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Sometimes, a homeowner may decide to take on more work than he or she is capable of doing. For example, it may appear to be very simple to re-tile the shower enclosure wall. However, this can sometimes end up being a lot of work, and trouble.

Often times, old ceramic tile may cause water leaks within walls. In older homes, you could find sheet rock behind the walls. When sheet rock gets wet, it will crumble over time. This means that you may have to tear out the walls and replace them. If any of the wall studs are rotted, they also may need to be replaced.

Leaky showers can also affect the flooring, underneath them. When this happens, you may have rotted floors to deal with. This can mean tearing out the flooring, down to the sub-floor. This is a great deal of work, and it requires some degree of skill. You may find yourself with a repair job that is simply too much for you to handle. If you call a professional, all of the work will be taken care of for you. Of course, it is probably preferable to have called them in before the task became overwhelming; that is the risk you take when you decide to work on your own plumbing–especially in older houses that are in need of considerable care and upkeep.

Consider the Task Before Doing It Yourself

This is precisely why it is important to be very realistic when evaluating plumbing work that you can potentially do on your own. A good rule of thumb to go by–unless you are a very competent handy-person and you have a great selection of tools and experience–is to only perform the tasks that you are sure you will not run into difficulties with. As mentioned above, installing a new faucet or water filter is usually fairly straightforward. Simple repairs to toilets, unclogging drains, and even replacing or repairing visible piping is usually fairly easy to do providing you have the tools.

When it comes to hidden or out of sight plumbing, especially in older houses, you should at least consider getting an assessment from a certified plumber. Too often it is these type of jobs that end up going awry.  The problem with starting a project and then running into problems that need professional help is that it can end up being a lot more costly in the end than it would have been had you called a professional from the start.

Summary

There are some simple projects that most homeowners can do. However, some home improvement projects can turn into a nightmare. In order to avoid this scenario, call your local plumber in Raleigh. The work will be taken care of, and you will not have to worry about anything.

Another important point to consider is that you are legally required to have professionals handle some repairs. If you are not sure, it is always good to check your local building codes and regulations before starting a job.

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