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When should you call a plumber?

Chris Derrer - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

There’s an old saying in the world of plumbing… “We’re here to fix what your husband broke” and believe us when we say… although it is often said in jest, there can often be some truth in it! We think that the plumbers out there will agree with us when we say that sometimes people shouldn’t attempt to do DIY on their more complicated and crucial plumbing! Some things are okay to do (especially as a confident DIYer) like replacing valves or bleeding the radiators. That’s absolutely fine… But doesn’t it seem logical that only a professional in a certain field should do that particular line of work? You wouldn’t fancy yourself to program a rocket to the moon would you? Maybe not quite the same, but you get the point!

Here are 3 things that we think you should definitely call the plumber in for, instead of doing it yourself. More importantly, for the plumbers out there who may be reading this, you could look at this as a list of things you should nominate yourself to do when the client brings up what they are planning to do.

  1. Boiler Maintenance:

Old boilers used to need servicing a lot more regularly and they weren’t as efficient as the boilers today, so luckily for the average Joe on the street, this piece of maintenance doesn’t need to be carried out as often. However, because it is “just maintenance” doesn’t mean it’s easy and it doesn’t mean you’ll do it thoroughly enough. Perhaps it’s best to call the plumber to be on the super safe side and cover yourself in case anything does go wrong? It’s really not worth having no heating or hot water!

  1. Major Modifications:

People want the most for their money, it’s just something that is important to almost everyone these days. So what some people end up doing is trying to DIY a new bathroom or kitchen, however with very little plumbing experience, the average non-plumber could very easily cause more problems than improvements. Then what? That’s gonna take a long time and a lot of money to fix, meaning you’re more out of pocket in the long run.

  1. Installing a toilet:

OK, so we know it may not be as complex as boiler maintenance or installing a new shower cubicle… but do you really want to risk a mistake when it comes to the toilet? That’s a whole different kettle of fish! Broken porcelain = a leaky toilet and that is a hygiene catastrophe waiting to happen, not to mention it’s a little bit gross. Make sure you ask a professional to install your new throne if you want the best finish and best results possible (and no dodgy smells).



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