Even though plumbing might look easy, our industry requires continuous training. Modern indoor plumbing has been around for close to about 80 years now. As innovation has occurred in plumbing, many new products and materials have been used. There’s such a wide range of items in homes that are still functioning today, even though we might not have installed them for close to 50 years now. A successful, skilled plumber has to know how to correctly install, repair, remove, and hook up a wide range of different products. Training is necessary so that even a younger person entering the trade can be knowledgeable about what they may run into in an existing home.
Sure, a homeowner can run a pipe from point a to point b. If you’re lucky, you won’t even have any leaks. But then the question arises, if it was done correctly, how long will it last? If a jack-of-all-trades or an unexperienced person is doing plumbing, they very likely may have to replace their items more frequently. They might also have to redo repairs simply because they don’t have the experience of many years of learning the trade.
The trades, including roofing, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and masonry, are all hands-on and plumbing is really no different from any of them (specifically roofing). Would you put on your own roof? If you didn’t do it correctly, it could leak and ruin your home. Would you do your own wiring? It could potentially cause a fire if you did it wrong. What would happen if you did your own HVAC? That might end up costing you a lot of money because it’s tied to your utilities.
You shouldn’t mess with plumbing either if you don’t know what you’re doing. You could cause a sewer issue, where very unclean water would enter your home and result in disease or sickness. A significant leak could result in a very large damage claim. If you weren’t even aware that a leak had occurred, you could end up with mold growth. It’s simply not something that the average person should mess with, even though it does look easy.
Most generally, a homeowner will get started on a project and realize that they’re in over their head or frustrated because things aren’t working the way they should. If you know you have a plumbing problem, it’s necessary to correctly diagnose what is going wrong. The diagnosis is sometimes even harder than the repair itself. It’s crucial that you hire a skilled professional that knows how to diagnose the problem correctly so that you don’t waste money or perform unnecessary repairs with no results.
If you have an issue in your home right now, don’t be tempted to fix it yourself if you aren’t experienced with plumbing. Instead, get a professional to take a look at it. You’ll save money, time, and headache in the long run. Contact us online or give us a call at 540-483-9382.