Professional Plumbing vs DIY: How to Choose?

Do you know the difference between a DIY plumbing job and one that requires a professional plumber? Many homeowners struggle with knowing when to call a plumber. While it’s great to save money and make your own plumbing repairs, it’s not always possible, as the average person doesn’t have the knowledge or the right tools. Read this short guide to learn more about what projects are best-suited for DIY repair and the ones that are better left to the professionals.

DIY Repairs

Minor plumbing issues are the easiest ones for homeowners to fix themselves. These repairs include things such as the following:

  • Shallow toilet or sink clogs that are easily released using a toilet plunger or sink plunger
  • Replacing broken toilet parts like the flapper, the handle, or the flush-valve assembly
  • Tightening or replacing toilet bolts to remedy a leaky toilet or wobbly toilet
  • Installing a new faucet
  • Replacing a garbage disposal
  • Fixing a leaky faucet by replacing broken gaskets or washers
  • Flushing the water heater to get rid of sediment

These are examples of easy-to-do projects for DIY plumbing repair. The best do-it-yourself jobs are those that don’t require special tools or are immediate in nature. You’re able to take your time making the repairs and there’s not a lot of risk involved to yourself or to your plumbing system.

Professional Plumbing Repair

Your home’s plumbing system is a complex system that is tasked with removing waste water and making sure you have access to clean water in your home every day. When something goes wrong with this system, you need to make sure the right hands are fixing these problems. The following list contains examples of plumbing services that should always be completed by a licensed plumber:

  • Sewer line repair and replacement
  • Water line installation and repair
  • Water heater installation and repair
  • Water heater maintenance except for flushing; homeowners can do this
  • New pipe installation
  • Pipe repair and replacement
  • Gas line repair, replacement, and installation
  • Outdoor plumbing installation and repair


When to Call an Emergency Plumber

This is another call that homeowners aren’t always sure when to make. Once they decide their plumbing problem needs professional attention, the next decision to make is when to call a plumber. Can the problem wait until regular business hours? Or do you need a plumber right away?

Everyone’s definition of an emergency is different. When there’s water gushing from a burst pipe, this is an emergency that needs fixing ASAP.  However, if your water heater’s broken and not heating the water, some people are okay living with this problem for a day or two, while others don’t want this inconvenience any longer than necessary.

The best time to call for emergency plumbing is a personal decision. If you have water leaking from a pipe or raw sewage backing up into the home, don’t wait to call for plumbing services. The longer you wait to get repairs, the higher the chances are of the problem getting worse and the risk of expensive water damage increasing.

Do you need a plumber in Marietta, GA? Call the Plumb Doctor™, LLC for all your residential plumbing needs, emergency or not!