Us Kiwis love a good DIY job. Our ability to innovate is world-renowned, and on any given sunny weekend you’ll find us sprucing up our homes with a fresh lick of paint, knocking up a garden shed, or upcycling some old furniture.
So if there’s water dripping out from under the sink, or the toilet’s backed up, or something’s bubbling up in our backyard, it’s tempting to think that we can fix it, armed with a little elbow-grease and a can-do attitude. That’s what number 8 wire was invented for right? And we end up saving money?
Actually, many homeowners who opt for a DIY solution end up regretting it. Here are four reasons you might want to rethink doing it yourself, and call a professional instead.
While you’re still googling how to fix a clogged drain, your local plumber will have fixed it in a jiffy. Plumbers undergo rigorous training in order to be qualified and have plenty of experience and know-how.
Save money on tools!
There’s no need to head to Bunnings to find some weird and wonderful gadget to get around the U-bend. Professional plumbers have all the specialized tools they need to get the job done.
You could make it worse!
If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can actually make the problem worse. Before you know it, that little leak has suddenly become a flood and you’re panicking and googling at the same time.
That little leak could also be a symptom of a bigger problem. Plumbers understand the complexities of the whole plumbing system. Getting them in early could help you avoid bigger, and costlier, plumbing issues in the future.
Don’t risk your health or the environment
A plumbing system can be trickily intricate, and the waste it evacuates from our homes is toxic, both to you and to the environment. Is that really something you want to be elbows deep in? And worse, if you accidentally break a supply line, your home, backyard, and even your clean water can become contaminated.
You could end up in trouble
The plumbing trade is licensed and protected under Ministry of Health in New Zealand, which means you could get in trouble for carrying out a DIY plumbing job that you are not allowed to do, legally. This could result in possible prosecution and fines, invalidate your home insurance and make it difficult to sell your property in the future.
There are many good reasons why calling a professional plumber makes more sense than trying to fix the job on your own.
About Maxey Plumbing & Gas
Maxey Plumbing & Gas is a locally owned and operated plumbing and gasfitting company operating in Ngaio, Wellington, but servicing the greater Wellington region.
As proud members of Master Plumbers we are backed by their quality assurance guarantee. We pride ourselves on our workmanship, and enjoy nothing better than a job well done.
Looking for a Wellington plumber? Get in touch.