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Plumbing issues are a common occurrence in many households, ranging from minor leaks to major pipe bursts. While some problems may seem simple enough for you to grab your toolbox and fix on your own, others require the expertise of a professional plumber.

In this blog, we will help you decide when it is safe to take care of a plumbing issue on your own and when you should give the experts a call.

DIY Plumbing:

DIY plumbing projects can be tempting, especially with the plethora of online resources and tutorials. However, some plumbing projects are more difficult than they seem and are more suitable for an expert. Here are some instances where you might consider DIY plumbing:

1.Minor Leaks: Small drips or leaks from faucets, showerheads, or under sinks can sometimes be fixed with basic tools and some plumbing knowledge.

2.Clogged Drains: Simple clogs in sinks, showers, or toilets can usually be cleared using a plunger, drain snake, or natural remedies.

3.Installing Fixtures: If you or someone in your household is handy with tools and following instructions, installing new fixtures can be your next DIY project.

When to Call a Professional:

We understand wanting to save a buck and handle a plumbing project on your own, but sometimes, it’s best to leave the job to the professionals. Here are some scenarios where we recommend calling in the experts:

1.Major leaks: Large leaks, burst pipes, or water flooding in your home require immediate attention from a licensed plumber to prevent extensive and costly water damage.

2.Sewer Line Issues: Problems with your main sewer line often indicate a serious issue that requires professional diagnosis and repair.

3.Gas Line Work: Any tasks involving gas lines, such as installing or repairing gas water heaters, should always be handled by a licensed plumber to ensure safety.

4.Complex Repairs: Plumbing systems are intricate, and attempting to repair complex issues without the proper knowledge and education can lead to further damage.

While DIY plumbing can be satisfying and cost-effective for minor issues, there are times when it’s essential to enlist the help of a professional plumber. When in doubt, it is always best to err on the side of caution and seek professional assistance.

At Total Maintenance Inc., our team of licensed plumbers is equipped with the expertise and tools to tackle any plumbing challenge, from minor repairs to major installations. You can always count on us to provide prompt and professional service. To schedule your appointment, give us a call at 563.900.8788