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Ask These 4 Questions Before Tackling That DIY Plumbing Job

If you have plumbing problems, you might be tempted to roll up your sleeves and fix them yourself. But, many times, that only leads to more plumbing problems. Here are four crucial questions to consider before tackling that DIY plumbing job.

Do you have the time for the project?

Most people underestimate how much time a plumbing project will take to complete. Depending on the scope of the job, it could take weeks to finish, especially if you’re a novice.

Professional plumbers can finish plumbing projects more quickly because they know what they’re doing and they have other jobs to get to.

Do you have the skills?

Instructional videos on YouTube give many the false idea that they can tackle pretty much any project they set their minds to. The problem is the people in the videos are trained professionals; they make it look easy.

In reality, these jobs are rarely that simple. There can be a lot of hang-ups and mistakes made along the way. For example, we’d never recommend hydro-jetting your plumbing yourself. Doing this would rupture your pipes, causing a very real disaster.

Do you have a back-up plan if something goes wrong?

Plumbing projects can quickly become complex, and if you make a mistake, you can cause serious water damage to your home. If you do decide to start a plumbing project, you need to know when to call in a professional and have plans in place to do so if you encounter an issue that is beyond your capabilities.

Do you have estimates?

Before you dive into a plumbing project, you should make sure to get estimates from several licensed plumbers. This can help you to determine how much you might actually save. When you pay for a professional to do the work, you will be getting both the supplies and the expertise of the plumber. Consider the plumber's rate and the amount of time the job would take you if you tried to do it yourself.

Bottom line: While it might be tempting to try to tackle a plumbing job on your own, some things are better left to the pros. Mark Johnson Plumbing has provided professional plumbing services to people in Ruston since 1997 and has the expertise that you need to handle all types of plumbing projects. Contact us today to request an estimate by calling us at (318) 257-6167.

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