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When To DIY & When To Call A Professional Plumber

By 18 August 2023Winnipeg plumbers


Are you encountering plumbing problems but don’t want to pay professional plumbers to come to do something that you could easily do on your own? A DIY approach can sometimes help you get to the bottom of a massive plumbing issue, but you should know when it’s time to call in the professionals. 

Consider what issues you are having and consult this list to decide whether you should attempt some DIY plumbing or if you need a master plumber: 

Issues With the Hot Water Heater

Your water heater can be temperamental and may have decided to stop working. If you have no hot water for a luxurious shower, this is one time that you won’t want to wait. Call a professional plumber as soon as you can to restore your warm water by making the necessary repairs or replacing the unit. 

Still, you can do some initial troubleshooting on your own. Check the breaker panel for your electric water heater to ensure that it wasn’t tripped by accident. If you have a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is on. If it isn’t, you may be able to turn it back on without having to call in the professionals. 

Clogged Drains

A clogged drain can be simple enough to repair for a DIY professional handy with minor repairs. Avoid using caustic chemicals to eat through the clogged sink, as these can also wear out your pipes. Instead, you should head to your local hardware store and purchase a drain snake to get to the bottom of things. If you still can’t get the water to flow, call a professional. 

Broken Pipes

Have you recently encountered frozen pipes that led to bursting or broken pipes? This is one of those plumbing jobs that’s usually above the level of a DIY plumber. Get help as soon as possible to restore your plumbing fixtures. 

Often, broken pipes and water lines are behind the walls of your home and may not be accessible to you. Get the job done quickly and correctly by calling in a professional. 


Leaky Faucet

You may not need a professional plumber to come in and radically overhaul your plumbing system if all you have is a leaking faucet. Many DIYers can take care of this themselves. Unlike other plumbing issues related to your sewer lines, this is a breeze to correct all on your own. 

Leaky faucets don’t have to get the better of you and may not even require licensed plumbers! 

Get the Help You Need

If you ever feel uncomfortable repairing your plumbing yourself, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You may spend a little more on getting professional help, but it can save money in the long run when you don’t have to redo your work. Clean Line can help you with your plumbing projects, so call us today to set up your first appointment!