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DIY Plumbing Projects You Are Better Off Leaving To A Professional Plumber

 

Berkeley PlumberLearning how to care for your own home is a great way to save money. At the same time not knowing when to skip the hardware store can become costly and potentially dangerous. When it comes to plumbing, there are a few jobs that require a professional's plumber.

A garbage disposal can be deceptively simple. However, they have many moving parts including a set of spinning blades. Because of the potential danger, many manufacturers have installed a fail safe so the unit not work at all unless properly installed.

Main line stoppages require specialized equipment which, while it can often be rented, requires knowledge to use properly. Flushing the pipes can also do more harm than good if the home is attached to a septic tank. Improper chemicals and techniques can kill the beneficial bacteria that break up waste.

Without proper knowledge or experience, what seems like a simple water heater repair can make the leak, if not the whole system, worse. A plumber is needed especially in cases of blown circuits or a malfunctioning thermometer.

If the project is a major one, such as a bathroom remodel where plumbing must be moved, a permit may be required. A professional would know not only how to acquire the permit, but what building codes and processes are needed to pass an inspection.

Even when a permit is not necessary, it may be best to call a plumber when making major changes to a bathroom. Toilet and sink replacements can be time-consuming and physically exhausting, and the removal of a tub is a difficult job even for seasoned professionals. Replacing a shower valve in particular can be a long and complicated process from choosing the right valve for the house to the installation itself. If done incorrectly, it can cause damage to the surrounding walls.

When looking for a DIY project its important that a person judge their own abilities and availability. It's especially necessary to know when the job is too big and a professional needs to be called in. With careful thought a homeowner won't become all wet. So, if you're looking for a reliable and knowledgable plumber, give us a call at (510) 843-6904 and schedule a service call today!

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