You may be good at doing basic DIY plumbing repairs around the home, but there are times when it's best to call on a professional to deal with the problem. They may save you from making an issue even worse. Before you get in over your head on a plumbing project, here are some ways to decide when it might be best to call a plumber instead of grabbing a plunger.
If the kitchen sink has stopped draining because of a hard clog, it will likely need a plumbing snake to break up the clog and clear it out. Incorrect use of a snake can break drain pipes, creating a mess and an expensive repair bill. Have a plumber take care of this clog for you.
You can do a faucet repair in a few minutes with some simple tools. But if you live in an old home with antique plumbing fixtures, you may have difficulty finding replacement parts. You could take apart the faucet and spend days shopping around and making phone calls to find the needed parts, or you could consider some other options:
- Have a plumber replace the faucet with a newer model to make future repairs easier.
- Have a plumbing supply store do the research to find the parts.
- If you really want to keep that old faucet, have the plumbing supply store find someone who can make the part for you.
You may be able to clear a toilet clog with a plunger if it just happened. However, if allowed to sit, the clog can become solid and resistant to plunging. In that case, it's best to call a drain cleaning service which will likely use a snake and other tools without breaking the toilet.
Replacing a Shower Head
This is likely a project that you can do. An exception may be if the shower is old and the head is one piece with the pipe that comes out of the wall. In that case, you'll want a plumber to remove the pipe and replace it with a threaded one on which you can easily attach the shower head.
Installing a New Garbage Disposal Unit
If you will be replacing an old garbage disposal unit with the same make and model, you can do this yourself. You'll be able to use the existing mounting hardware attached to the kitchen sink. If you want to use a different brand, you'll need different mounting hardware. Have a plumber do this as there is a risk of breaking the sink when putting new mounting hardware on it for the new garbage disposal unit.