Getting in the plumber can seem a rather grand way of wasting significant amounts of money very quickly. After all, shouldn’t most of us be capable of fixing our own problems? Well, there are quite a few reasons why we’d profit significantly from letting the professionals take the strain.
Quite possibly a bit of common sense can locate the problem. But can it be fixed without causing further damage? A pipe that cracks because you tried unfreezing it will end up costing you far more in the long term. When you’re replacing a part, can you be sure you’ll be able to carry out the repair without damaging any of the other components? If something’s jammed or stuck, do you know exactly how much pressure can be applied to the part before it snaps? It feels great to carry off a repair by ourselves. But it doesn’t feel half as clever when we fix one problem, only to create another (possibly much larger) one.
Plumbers have both the expertise and the tools – Some of us see it as a personal defeat if we can’t match the plumbing exploits of the professionals. But the comparison is an unfair one. The professionals have been through extensive training. And because they’ve carried out many of the same tasks day in day out, the’ve amassed a great deal of skill that an amateur can’t hope to match. They also have the benefit of the very latest in technology to help them. In contrast, we’re probably going to make do with the cheap (or perhaps not so cheap) household tools that we picked up at the DIY store. As amateurs, the odds are stacked against us. Let the professionals do what they’re trained to do, and you’ll have more time to concentrate on what it is that you’re trained to do.
Problems will be fixed quickly and simply – Many of us can try and piece together a solution by browsing through batches of web sites. But how long will it take to put together all of the relevant information? You may not feel you have several nights in which to unlock the arcane mysteries of your plumbing system. And if you’re without heating in the dead of winter, shivering while you tr to make sense of a solution will hardly be the most satisfactory approach. A professional should be able to locate the problem and then fix it – quite possibly within a few hours of your phone call.
Plumbers have access to many more spare parts – It’s not always easy to work out exactly what the fault is. Different components may need to be swapped out and tested before the problem can be identified. Plumbers will have access to lots of additional components, and can test them out in turn to locate the origin of the fault. If you try doing this, you could end up spending a fortune on spares you don’t actually need.
Plumbers know about the best chemicals – Keeping the plumbing clean and free of blockages is crucial. Plumbers know which chemicals to use – and they probably have access to some heavier-duty chemicals than non-professionals. A plumber should be able to use their expertise and experience to pick out the right chemical for the job. That reduces the chance of creating increased corrosion of the pipes – or worse – through using the wrong chemical.