One of the most enjoyable aspects of home ownership is upgrading areas of your home. Annual renovations are the most common occurrence amongst wealthy home owners. But there are some areas that people will attempt to DIY. These areas can become major headaches for those homeowners are they can result in poorly installed appliances, and even damage to home plumbing and the fixtures that they are installing. Luckily, a person can completely avoid this type of problem by hiring an plumbing expert to handle the installation for them.
When Should You Hire A Plumber?
Hiring a plumber is recommended anytime you need to install or repair a plumbing fixture that involves your homes plumbing. This may come as a shock to some, but even the smallest mistake when installing or repairing a fixture can cause big problem. Imagine a homeowner installs a new faucet, but fails to seal the water supply line, a small leak can quickly become a large problem months down the road resulting in water damage.
A professional should be called in to install just about any fixture you can think about:
- Kitchen sink
- Dishwasher plumbing
- Bathroom sink
- Laundry machines
- Hot water heaters
If it has a connection to your home’s water system it needs to be installed by a person who has working knowledge of the full system.
The Right Person for the Job
Many people think a license does not matter, the truth is that a license will differentiate the amateurs from the professionals. There is an effect commonly referred to as the Dunning-Kruger effect, and essentially on of the hypothesis’ it states is that people who do not know they don’t know are over-confident in the tasks they perform. An amateur who has never had any formal training in plumbing, yet has performed quite a bit of plumbing work, is apt to over-estimate their ability and take on tasks that far exceed their skill level.
Hiring a professionally licensed plumber is not always a sure-fire way to get a competent plumber, but it will absolutely weed out the less skilled, and less committed plumbers you may encounter. A licensed plumber with many years experience working in your area will be the best choice when looking for a person to install your plumbing.
Don’t Be Afraid Of the Cost
Many people are saving their money these days, but your home plumbing is one area you should not avoid paying the proper cost of service. Failed plumbing is not only going to be an inconvenience to you, it could also end up costing tens of thousands in proper damage. To add insult to injury, in the worst case if you had plumbing installed by an unlicensed contractor your insurance company will not be of any assistance when problems do arise. Always hire the right people for the job.