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It’s frightening to have a broken pipe gushing water through your house, and it’s best to always leave these types of emergencies to the professionals. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can’t do other simple plumbing tasks on your own.
Plumbing can be challenging and intricate. It requires extensive knowledge, skill, and experience. The right tools are also necessary. There are, however, some plumbing tasks that anyone can do with a little knowledge and the right tools.
Although you can become adept at plumbing on your own, it’s also critical to know your limits and know when to call in a licensed plumber. So, besides plumbing tasks that you can do yourself, we will also discuss plumbing tasks that you shouldn’t do yourself.
Simple maintenance is a great place to start when taking care of your own plumbing. This can be accomplished by flushing water heaters, replacing filters, and cleaning out hair traps. Even some cosmetic upgrades, such as installing new faucets, can often be done on your own after carefully reading the instructions.
Minor repairs like replacing sink valves or fixing running toilets can usually be done on your own as well. Just keep in mind to do your research and always shut off the water beforehand.
Larger projects in general are usually best left to the professionals. One common gray area, however, is clogged drains. A house without good drainage can become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. For this reason, if your drains are seriously clogged, it’s a good idea to contact a plumber.
Blocked drains can be caused by a variety of materials, such as food, hair, soap scum, and even toilet paper. While there are some blockages you can clear yourself, if the clog does not clear after some simple plunging, you may want to contact a professional. Avoid sticking objects down the drain, as this can often make the situation worse or damage your pipes.
Many homeowners skilled at fixing things around the house want to do their own plumbing, but without the proper training, they risk damaging their pipes or causing further problems. That’s why if you don’t know what you’re doing, and if you don’t have any experience with plumbing, then it’s always a smart idea to call a professional. Of course, if the task is small enough and you can find instructions online or at a local bookstore on how to do it, you could do some of the smaller plumbing tasks yourself.
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Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being outdoors and researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.