When to DIY and When to Call a Pro

Many homeowners believe that plumbing is an extremely simple task and that they can handle any problem that may arise without ever needing to call a Markham plumber. It’s just getting water from point A to point B, how hard can that be… right?

This can be the case in many instances if the homeowner is fairly handy and has the proper tools and supplies on hand to complete the job. Tasks such as fixing a leaky toilet, changing a shower head or even installing a kitchen faucet are quite straight forward and generally come with instructions that are designed to allow just about anyone success should they attempt it. However, it’s very important to follow those instructions closely and to make sure you have all of the tools and parts that are required before beginning any work. We feel comfortable saying these jobs are safe for the average homeowner because they are simple and usually require nothing more than simple hand tools that most people already own. Even more importantly, these jobs are generally of the sort that even the worst botch job isn’t going to cause any major damage before it is noticed and can be repaired by an expert Markham plumber.

The other end of the spectrum involves jobs like running pipe through walls to add a bathroom or installing a shower stall. These jobs should always be reserved for your local Markham plumber as they have had extensive training to be sure that everything is installed properly and are insured in case the rare failure should occur. A poorly installed shower or cracked pipe that has been installed by an amateur can easily lead to thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to the walls, floors and ceilings of your home before it becomes noticeable and needs to be professionally repaired anyway.

That is obviously an extreme example, but it’s also far from unheard of. We end up billing tens of thousands of dollars every year to customers to repair damage they did to their own homes attempting jobs that would have only cost a fraction of that amount if we had been called in the first place. As with most things in life, a little bit of honesty and common sense can go a long way in the world of DIY plumbing; be honest with yourself about your personal skill level and the required skill level of the job before deciding to attempt any major plumbing project.