When To (Or Not To) Call A Plumber

When To (Or Not To) Call A Plumber

When plumbing problems arise, and they WILL arise, one may opt to take the DIY route. If you are like most everyone else in the world, you will likely jump on Pinterest, or Google and search “how to fix…” instead of first calling a plumber.

First of all – GOOD FOR YOU! Knowledge is power! Second of all – HOLD ON TIGER – before you start undoing things you don’t know how to re-do. Let’s make the first critical thinking move & ask yourself:

“Do I need a plumber?”

We all want to save money & time. But the question is, CAN you do this yourself & SHOULD you do this yourself. Many DIY & home-remedies DO/CAN work. But there are variables. Equally some DIY & home-remedies can also be a waste of time or make situations worse.

Here is a simple check-list & flow-chart to see if you need a plumber, or if you can ‘afford’ to try solving it yourself.



  • CAN YOU MOVE OR LIFT IT EASILY ON YOUR OWN? This is a simple one folks – if you CAN NOT do this on your own, call a plumber. Don’t get the kids involved, or a neighbor who knows less-than you. 
  • DO YOU NEED TOOLS? IF SO, DO YOU HAVE THE TOOLS & KNOW-HOW? If you don’t have the tools, you probably don’t have the know-how.



  • CAN YOU TAKE IT APART & PUT IT BACK TOGETHER? What’s more embarrassing than not knowing how to fix something? Calling a professional to finish what you started. Not to mention, in some cases, it’s more expensive when this happens too. If you aren’t certain, without a doubt, that you can un-do and re-do the situation – then maybe you are biting off more than you can chew.



  • IS IT SAFE TO DO? Do not attempt to repair things if it is unsafe. This includes the environment (kids and animals running around), having the right tools (clamps, not holding it down with gym weights), & understanding the situation to plan the work needed.



  • CAN YOU TURN OFF THE WATER? Plumbing 101 – where is the shut-off valve? Every property owner SHOULD know where every valve is located & what they do in case of an emergency. But if you physically can not turn it off, or are unsure – CALL A PROFESSIONAL.



  • WILL DIY COST MORE? Who pays more for DIY? Many people. Usually, this happens when they go out, buy tools & supplies – then find out they can’t fix it & have to call a plumber anyway. Resulting in a loss of the cost of supplies & one’s dignity. Ask yourself upfront if this is a risk you are willing to take.



  • IS THIS AN EMERGENCY? If this is something that can’t wait – you shouldn’t DIY. Call a plumber right away!



  • CAN I DO THIS IN AN HOUR OR TWO? We all know how 2 hours turns into 4 or 6… So if you cant see yourself doing it in 2 hours (which is non-professional speak for 4 hours) think about cutting the loss and having a pro do it in half-the-time. Then use all that ‘extra’ time you saved to do something GREAT – like write a book, work out, save a species from extinction, or spend some quality time with that family of yours!



  • IF I GET STUCK, CAN I WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT BUSINESS DAY FOR A PLUMBER? Like we mentioned above, sometimes things take longer than expected. If you get stuck half-way, & a plumber cant help until tomorrow or worse – MONDAY… will this put a damper on things? Can you go without using the bathroom, or kitchen, laundry etc until then? If not, it’s probably better to call a pro NOW & avoid the potential.



  • CAN YOU IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM? Some things are more obvious than others. If you don’t know where the problem stems from, or where to start, don’t even THINK about doing it yourself. DIY problems that arent properly identified can rack up a much larger plumbing bill in the long-run. Here are some commonly misidentified issues:


    •  WATER HEATER REPAIR? Water heaters require a skilled, experienced technician. Repairs on water heaters are NOT for newbies. They are heavy & often HOT. Some are electric, but some are gas which is a whole other ballgame.



    • BLOCKED PIPES OR SIMPLE CLOG? Several DIY solutions may damage sewer lines. Our technicians use cameras & radar equipment to identify pipe & drain blockages, finding the source of a problem.



    • SIMPLE LEAK OR BURST PIPES? Burst pipes can create major flooding, leading to water damage to a house or building structure, in addition to property inside. Leaks can be obvious & direct, but often our technicians need to use leak detection to find the source, which can be far from where the water is seen.



    • LOW WATER PRESSURE? Low water pressure may be caused by obstructions in the piping system or poorly designed pipe fixtures. The average home has hundreds of feet of piping that could be blocked. As mentioned above, a leak does not always show near the source.



    • MAJOR INSTALLATION OR REPAIR? If you are doing construction, remodeling or repair that requires large power tools – likely it will require an experienced plumber to keep residents and building occupants safe.



    • IS GAS INVOLVED? Gas is a silent killer. It can be toxic and create major health problems very fast. If your situation may involve gas of any sort, it is wise to call a plumber for help. Don’t endanger your lives or the lives of your family members.


Remember, this is an investment in the future of your property.
Doing it right the first time is ALWAYS worth it!

One thought on “When To (Or Not To) Call A Plumber

  1. plumbing installation green Reply

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