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For most Ottawa homeowners, a little DIY plumbing is no problem. Installing a new showerhead, fixing a leaky faucet, repairing a clogged drain, these are relatively straightforward projects that we can complete ourselves in a couple of hours. Sometimes what need requires a bit more than just a novice plumbing skill level though.
This is where professional plumbers are able to make a difference; they have the knowledge and the tools necessary to solve problems that go beyond the traditional leaks. If you have a plumbing project, it is important to decide what the right course of action will be.
DIY vs. hiring a professional plumber
Most plumbers that you are going to find charge by the hour, this means that for most plumbing jobs, the majority of your costs are going to be the labor costs rather than the materials. There are a number of factors that go into determining the costs of a project, including construction costs and labor, the cost of materials, and the scope of the project.
Sometimes it might be cost effective to DIY your plumbing project, especially if you have a minor plumbing issue that you think you are able to take care of yourself. In fact, being a smart homeowner means that you are able to take care of some issues yourself. You might have to pay for the parts, but you are saving money on labor. When you do things yourself, you will also have greater confidence because you know how your system works.
On the other hand, doing something yourself that you lack the skills for can mean that you make mistakes. These mistakes can often cost more money than they end up saving. These mistakes mean that you are not only looking at repairs, but might even be looking at complete replacements. This means that you are ultimately looking at a far higher bill than you would normally expect to pay, all because you undertook a project that you could not handle.
The right choice
There are some plumbing jobs that you are able to do yourself. You are able to save money doing a handful of these tasks yourself without really worrying about needing a professional. However, other plumbing jobs require professional assistance.
If you feel uncomfortable about performing a job yourself, make sure that you call the qualified professionals. The professionals such as the ones found at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services. That way, you know that you have licensed, bonded professionals who are able to take care of each plumbing project that you throw their way in a professional manner.