When Should You Hire a Plumber?

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Knowing when to hire a plumber is crucial to saving you money.  By handling your own plumbing issue, you could end up doing more harm than good if you don’t have the required knowledge of best plumbing practices.

There are many situations where Superior Plumbing and Drains, LLC highly recommends hiring a plumber to address your needs rather than try to fight the battle all on your own. Today, we will be highlighting some of these situations so that you know when to call us. Let’s get started!

To Call a Plumber or Not to Call a Plumber

There’s a fine balance when it comes to plumbing repairs.  On one hand, you could opt to handle plumbing issues yourself and save money.  On the other hand, you could give a plumber a call and enjoy the peace of mind that your plumbing repairs are being handled by an experienced professional.

At Superior Plumbing and Drains, LLC, we believe that it is always best to hire a plumber for plumbing problems.  One small misstep can spell disaster, turning a simple plumbing problem into a costly disaster. It is vital that you are able to distinguish between a simple plumbing repair that you can handle yourself or a more technically involved repair that warrants an experienced plumber. So how can you tell the difference?

There are many different factors that you should take into account when deciding whether or not to hire a plumber.  Let’s take a look at these important factors now so that you’ll be well-equipped to make the decision for yourself.


The most important factor to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to hire a plumber is your own experience.  If you are a handyman, or handywoman, that built your own home from the ground up, installing all of the plumbing yourself, you are probably well-equipped to handle most plumbing issues on your own.  Unfortunately, many of us are not so experienced with construction. This means that, more times than not, it is likely in your best interest to call an experienced professional plumber to handle the job.

It should be noted that, even with no experience, there are some jobs that you can handle on your own.  At Superior Plumbing and Drains, LLC, we believe in educating the public on more simple plumbing matters that can reasonably be handled right at home, without the need for giving us a call.  The only key is to make sure you know when to stop before making matters worse. Here are a few common plumbing issues that you can probably handle yourself:

  • A leaky faucet: This can be a bit of a trickier job for a complete amateur. That being said, as long as you remember to cut off the water supply before beginning your work, it is likely that you can handle this issue on your own.  Just make sure to follow any directions carefully. Although this is a task that most people can probably handle on their own, that isn’t to say that you should feel bad about giving Superior Plumbing and Drains, LLC a call if it is needed!
  • A clogged drain: This is one of those items that is hard to make worse even if you fail to correct the issue upon your first try.  A clogged drain is usually a pretty simple job, made easier with the use of a plumbing snake or plunger.
  • A mispositioned sink stopper: A sturdy pair of pliers is about all you need to take on this plumbing repair job. Considering the fact that this problem is found in the drain itself and not the pipe, you are pretty limited in the amount of damage that you can cause when taking on this task.

Plumbing Jobs Best Suited For a Professional

Along with some jobs being easy to complete on your own come those more tedious jobs that require the expertise of a professional. The trick is to know that these jobs shouldn’t be taken on by an amateur.  At Superior Plumbing and Drains, LLC, we believe that even the most handy homeowners can make a mistake and that’s why we highly recommend that some jobs simply be left to the professionals.

Jobs that require cutting into walls are definitely one area in which Superior Plumbing and Drains, LLC recommends you steer clear.  There is a lot that could go wrong when you start making your own holes in the walls of your home. A reputable plumber will know exactly where to make the cuts in order to reach the pipes in question.  One misstep could spell disaster if you don’t know exactly what you are doing.

Another area where hiring a plumber is a must is any plumbing issue associated with the water heater or present problems in the sewage lines. These are fairly complicated issues that require the use of certain plumbing tools that a professional plumber will have the best knowledge using.  Attempting to take on an issue like this by yourself can result in costly damages that will far outweigh the costs of hiring a plumber in the first place.

A huge benefit of hiring a professional plumber is that you are paying for well-trained eyes. There are a slew of plumbing issues that aren’t so easy to spot, especially if you aren’t trained to recognize these issues.  An experienced plumber is much more likely to spot problems that you could easily overlook including problems such as mold under the sink or outdated pipes.

It is important that you always remember that there isn’t any shame in calling a plumber if you get in over your head or feel uncomfortable taking on any form of plumbing installation or repair.  It is much better to call a plumber up front and pay the costs associated than to make a mistake that results in costly emergency damages. If you ever find yourself in need of a plumber, feel free to give Superior Plumbing and Drains, LLC a call! We are always on hand to assist you with any of your plumbing needs.

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