There are many basic plumbing repairs that can be done by a handy home owner or DIYer. So you may want to try to do the fix yourself before calling the plumber. Be sure you have the correct tool and plumbing parts on hand before starting your projects to ensure it will go smoothly. If ever in doubt, it is best to have the telephone number for a professional should you need assistance.
How can they do the repair so rapidly? If you have done a the same or similar repair for years, have the correct tool and parts with you, then you can easily handle the repair both effectively and efficiently. Many homeowners are not aware that it is not easy to become a licensed plumber. In most states to become a licensed plumber one must attend a specialized school or training, work in an apprentice type roll under another qualified and licensed plumber for a period of a few to several years, and pass a written exam. To maintain their license they need to attend continuing education training and stay up to date on various industry trends as well as new products. Suffice to say it takes a large effort to attain as well as maintain this type of license.
DIY Plumbing Tasks
Here some common tasks that most DIYers can tackle with basic tools and supplies. Again, if in doubt, call a professional.
- Changing faucet aerators, which can get clogged over-time and should be replaced.
- Plunging and running a snake down a toilet or drain to clear it.
- Increase or decrease the water temperature at the hotwater heater.
- Using the disposal key to clear a jamb in the garbage disposal.
- Update the interior components of a toilet water tank (flapper, fill-valve, handle, attachment bolts)
- Change the water filter for drinking water and for the ice maker on the refrigerator.
Important Note: Be sure to know where your homes plumber shut off valve is located should you ever have a leak. Turning off the water rapidly can minimize the damage a leaking water pipe will cause in your house.