When was the last time you had to go into an outhouse to go to the bathroom? Probably not in your lifetime. Or maybe you have. If you talk to your grandparents, if they are still alive, they can probably tell you some stories of the times they had to use an outhouse. Thank goodness that we can benefit from indoor plumbing these days. Indoor plumbing allows us to flush away our waste in the bathroom, get water effortlessly from a faucet or get water out of a hooked up refrigerator.
With modern plumbing, there is maintenance that needs to happen in order to keep your system running efficiently for years to come. The question is: Can you take care of your own plumbing or should you hire a professional on a routine basis?
Our professional opinion is that there are portions of a home’s plumbing system that can be taken care of by you, the homeowner. Some more complicated components are better left to the professions. Let’s explore below what we advise that you as a homeowner can do and what should be left to the professionals:
WHAT HOMEOWNERS CAN DO WHEN IT COMES TO PLUMBING
Monitor Your Plumbing – Toilets, Showers, Sinks
Keeping an eye on your plumbing components like your toilets, showers, and sinks is one of the best things you can do as a homeowner. Make sure you have no leaks, make sure your toilet isn’t cycling water, and your sinks are not clogged. Keeping an eye on your plumbing means that you can find any issues before they become real problems and alert the professionals.
There are several minor repairs that most handy homeowners can easily take care of, like replacing the O ring on a drippy sink or caulking the seal on your toilet. What you can handle depends on your knowledge and confidence. You can avoid getting charged for service calls on minor repairs by learning how to repair your plumbing.
WHAT SHOULD BE LEFT TO THE PLUMBING PROFESSIONALS
The Good Ole Annual Inspection
An annual inspection should be a routine service you should have scheduled even if you are keeping up by monitoring your own plumbing. A professional eye can see things you can’t and can service all parts as needed. The annual inspection is one of the best things you can do for your home’s plumbing. It allows you to stay on top of things before they become more costly problems.
Our suggestion is that unless you’re very well-versed in handling your home’s plumbing appliances, any work on them should be left to the professionals. Failure to fix your plumbing appliances the right way could cause more significant, more expensive problems. Even if you’ve read up and watched videos, don’t assume you can fix everything – you may cause more harm than good.
Anything You Aren’t Sure On
Don’t risk a critical part of your home because you want to save a few bucks. If you are unsure of the proper way to do something or don’t know how to attack a problem – don’t. Professional plumbing services exist for a reason and can fix issues much more quickly and expertly than homeowners.
There are some plumbing components homeowners can take care of, but many should be left to professionals. An annual inspection is a key to get started on maintaining your plumbing so call Bredahl Plumbing to be sure your plumbing is well-maintained and healthy.