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Can I Handle Many Plumbing Jobs on My Own?


It’s great to be handy around the house, isn’t it? If you’ve got the right tools, a little know-how, and dedication, you can take care of small troubles in your house without the need to call for a professional service.

Does this apply to plumbing? We won’t lie to you and say there aren’t plumbing tasks you can do as DIY projects. It’s easy to replace the aerators on faucets for example, some of which you don’t even need a wrench to remove. But when it comes to most plumbing jobs, a belt of tools and an online tutorial won’t cut it. You need licensed plumbers in Wilmette, IL to take care of the job. We’ll explain why.

Keep Plumbing Up to Code

Plumbing must meet certain municipal codes, especially any plumbing related to the drainage and sewer system. Amateur tampering with the plumbing in a house risks voiding your homeowner’s insurance, the same way that amateur tampering with the electrical system can. If there’s any job that feels like it might have serious consequences if you don’t do it right—then don’t do it! Call for plumbers instead.


Do-it-Yourself jobs often involve a lot of guesswork because you don’t have the training to notice why things aren’t working properly or to grasp the best solution. This means you have a much higher chance of getting the job done wrong, which means you’ll need to call in a professional at some point anyway. Professionals can get work done right the first time using expert diagnosis and problem-solving training. 


Although some people get enjoyment out of doing DIY work in their homes, it’s a lot of time invested that could be spent on something else—like spending time with your family and enjoying your regular days off. DIY work is much slower than going with a professional, who aims to come in, solve the problem, and leave (while also keeping your house clean). 


Yes, that’s an impressive set of tools you purchased from the local hardware store, and you can probably do more with those than whatever tools might be lying around the house. But these are still not professional level tools, which are too costly for residential purchase. For example, plumbers can unclog tough drain clogs with powerful rooter equipment and hydro-jetters, and these are expensive tools that require special training. When you pay for a professional plumber, you’re paying for the use of the best equipment available.


This should always be your number one concern when you consider whether to take on a job as a DIY project. Many plumbing tasks can create safety hazards if done incorrectly and may lead to potential damage to your home as well. Professionals know how to get work done safely, and even if a plumber receives an injury on the job site, if they’re licensed they have the insurance to cover it so you aren’t liable.

For expert plumbing service, installations, or maintenance contact Reliance Plumbing Sewer & Drainage, Inc. Our knowledgeable plumbers serve the North Shore and Northwest Chicago suburbs. Rely on Reliance!

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