You are deciding whether or not to watch a few YouTube videos so you are able to learn how to repair the small water leak under your son’s bathroom sink. You are pretty handy when it comes to doing things around the home, and this shouldn’t be too much of a home improvement project. There are times that you should invest in hiring the best local plumber near you , and there are times you can go at it alone. Here are a few tips for you to decide if you should make that trip to Home Depot and begin the work.
- How expensive would a plumber cost?
Many times people overestimate the amount of money it will cost to have some minor plumbing work done around the house. If you are looking to repair that pipe in the upstairs bathroom, you may only need to spend a few dollars on new fittings. However, you should also take into account some of the other things you may need such as new tools, epoxy, different fittings, etc. You also should take into account the amount of time it will take you not only working on the project, but also on those multiple trips back and forth to the hardware store. Be honest with yourself, do you really only make that one trip? Many DIY’s don’t and spend a half of day working on something that may have only cost the local plumber an hour of time to complete. If the plumber charges $150 to complete the job, and you are $75 in with parts, take into account the amount of time you will have to spend and if you could be doing something better with that time like working.
2. Can I permanently fix this plumbing problem on my own?
If you fix the problem today, but only have to deal with that problem a few months down the road, you are likely going to end up paying to have a professional complete the job later on. The old saying is you don’t want to put a band aid on a broken arm, and you don’t want to put gum on a leaky pipe. Sooner or later that problem is going to get larger, and that large problem may cost you big time. If you know you can handle it on your own, and you are able to do it right the first time, then go for it, and don’t stop until everything is complete, including clean up. If you know you are not the best plumber for the job, then call a professional.
3. Can I get help from others?
All of us have a friend or two that we know can fix anything. As a matter of fact, that guy would LOVE to help you fix your problem. He has 3 toolboxes ready to go in his garage waiting for that call. This is not like moving from one house to another where people scatter like mice, this is a manly plumbing problem, and you have buddies ready to go. Ask around, send a few texts or emails and round up some help. You will be pleasantly surprised at the level of expertise some of your old pals have, and they are dying to show off for you just a bit. Take them up on it, you will save a bunch of money and likely get to have a few cold beers once the plumbing project is complete.
The world is filled with people who specialize in one area or another. There are likely two or three things you are really good at. You are probably the one person people call when it is time to pack a cooler, build a set of stairs, or fix a broken computer. It is OK if you are not a plumbing guru who knows less than “righty tighty, lefty loosey”. We all have our strengths. Just do yourself a favor, the next time you are about to go at it alone, think about the possible outcome, and what truly can go wrong. If you can accept the worst case scenario, and believe it makes more sense to handle the plumbing job on your own, go for it. Otherwise, call the closest plumber to you and let him complete the job for you right the first time around. You will save yourself time, energy, and most of all, a lot of frustration if you are trying to learn on the fly.