The Ultimate Guide to Plumbing

How to Know When to Hire a Plumber to Fix a Leak and When to Fix The Leak Yourself

Leaking water pipes is one problem is likely to happen both in homes and business buildings. The primary challenge many people face is whether to contact a plumber to fix the problem or to fix it themselves. Even though fixing a leak seem like something that you do not require technical skills to fix it there is still the danger of causing further damage. Below is how to know when to hire a plumber to fix a leak and when to fox the leak yourself.

You should start by analyzing the cause of the leak which will guide you to decide on fixing it yourself or calling a plumber. The cause is a very important thing to know as fixing a leak without fixing the cause is just pushing the problem forward. Therefore given finding the cause of the leak may not be an easy task then you should leave the work of fixing the leak to the professionals. The plumber will not only fix the leak but may advise you on the water pipes that need replacement to prevent the problem from re-occurring.

The next things to evaluate are the cost of fixing the leak yourself and compare it with cost of hiring a plumber to fix the leak. However, the exercise is not as simple as choosing the alternative that will cost less but also one offering a more permanent solution. The objective is to choose the alternative that offers value for your money by offering a more permanent solution. You should always know who carries the risk of incurring the cost of further damage that may happen when fixing the leak. If you hire a plumber, he carries the risk of further damage which is transferred to an insurance cover whereas if you fix the leak yourself, you carry the risk. Therefore just to be on the safe side, you should consider hiring a professional plumber.

The other thing to consider is whether you can accurately inspect the house water system to identify whether there are any leaks. Many people will only realize that the water pipes are leaking when they see water on the floor; however, the problem may have started many months ago. For example, it is difficult to do slab leak detection. Thus in this instance, it is advisable to hire plumber to do the inspection instead of waiting to see water leaking. If you wait for the problem to spread you may incur very high costs thus it is advisable to hire a plumber to do the inspection periodically.