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DIY or Plumber: Your Questions Answered

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Have you ever had a plumbing issue and asked yourself if you could fix it yourself or if you should call a plumber? There are so many things you can fix on your own, but there are other times when it’s best to contact one of the 48,600 plumbers in the U.S. to resolve your issue before it worsens. Keep reading to learn if your project is DIY or plumber is required. 

DIY or Plumber: DIY

When it comes to your home’s plumbing, a few things signal it can be a DIY job. These projects typically do not require you to open a wall, rip up any flooring, or completely remove an appliance. 

Common Toilet Issues

Often the common toilet issue does not require a professional plumber. To fix most of these issues, start by opening the lid and looking for anything preventing the tank from filling up. The problem is that the chain is usually loose from the flushing mechanism and requires you to reattach it or purchase a new flapper and hook it in. If you can’t locate the issue or you’ve had the same problem repeatedly, then it’s time to leave it to the professionals. For more information on quick toilet fixes, read our blog on what to do when the toilet won’t flush

While common toilet issues can typically be fixed yourself, it’s essential to know that if the toilet is leaking on the floor, or has sewage in the house, contact Goodbee Plumbing immediately. 

Slow Drains

You probably have all the materials to fix a slow drain already at your disposal. If your drain is slow and causing water to puddle at your feet, you should take care of it as soon as possible to keep your plumbing system healthy. Some of the most common fixes for slow drains include: 

  • Baking soda and vinegar
  • Baking soda and salt 
  • Chemical drain cleaners 

To learn which chemical drain cleaners work best or to find the measurements for the baking soda mixtures, check out our blog post

Clean the Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals can be tricky, and when they aren’t functioning correctly, they can spread a foul smell throughout your home. Before cleaning the garbage disposal, you must first determine what type of disposal you have, either a bath or a continuous feed. Next, to keep your disposal running smoothly, avoid putting certain things down there to prevent a clog; click here to learn more

You can use a cleaner specifically for this appliance or a degreaser when cleaning your disposal. Ice cubes and citrus rinds are also great ways to keep the blades sharp and neutralize any odors. 

Clogged Drains

If you have a minor clog and are wondering about a DIY or plumber, you can probably handle it yourself. Some popular home remedies include a plunger, a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, a wire hanger, hot water and dish soap, or a shop vac. However, if the clog is not minor, you will want to contact a plumber to avoid worsening the issue and spending more money in the long run. To learn more about the pros and cons of home remedies, check out our blog post on the topic. 

These projects vary in overall difficulty but are manageable on your own. However, if you do encounter an issue when doing a DIY project, contact us today! 

DIY or Plumber: Call a Professional

Some plumbing jobs are best left to the pros, like the team at Goodbee Plumbing. While the issues above can often be a DIY project, some are too complicated to tackle independently. 

Roots Clogging Drain Lines

While many work to keep branches away from their roof to avoid damage, people sometimes forget the impact roots can have on plumbing. For example, if root hairs enter your pipe and multiply, they can block the pipe completely. Plus, if your pipes are made of clay or concrete, they are more likely to suffer from a root invasion. 

Signs of root damage include unexplained and frequent clogs in your bathroom, gurgling noise, slow-moving drains, low water pressure, a sudden increase in your water bill, or unexplained puddles. If you suspect root damage to your pipes, contract a professional, this is not a DIY project. 

Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations

If you are doing major renovations, contact a plumber. They will be able to help in areas that require expertise, such as moving around plumbing pipes, moving drain lines, and installing sinks and garbage disposals. A plumber will also know building codes and ensure you are up to code. Get your renovations done right the first time, and don’t attempt to do it yourself.  

Cracked Pipes

If you notice a cracked or burst pipe, you should shut off your water to prevent more damage. You should also shut off the electricity depending on where the leak is. Next, open a faucet to relieve pressure and call Goodbee Plumbing. 

Installing a Water Heater

If you want to install a new water heater, you should call a licensed plumber like Goodbee Plumbing. Installation can be difficult and dangerous, so it’s in your best interest to call the experts to complete the job in a timely manner and correctly. 

Never Ask Yourself DIY or Plumber Again

Goodbee Plumbing is a premier plumbing company that you can afford! Our team of experts is ready to help you with your plumbing needs. We want to educate customers on when it’s a DIY or plumber situation. If you have questions, you can visit our website to learn more, schedule your service, or call us at 985-893-1883. 

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