Ask a Master Plumber
Here you will find great tips to help you with your household plumbing and water heater maintenance from the numerous questions we answer each week.
Kaley A. of Fairview, TX asked: Should I always call a plumber or can I do my plumbing work myself?
We know that it can be convenient to attempt to fix your plumbing trouble by yourself. It can even leave you with a feeling of accomplishment to tackle and solve problems around your home. Google and the plethora of video tutorials and DIY articles it offers with the click of a button can inspire even the least handy homeowners to attack their pipes.
However, many plumbing problems are more complicated than they seem.
While we routinely offer advice on this blog to commonly asked questions, we do not advocate tackling your plumbing problems by yourself (besides minor problems). Watching a ten-minute video or reading a step-by-step article cannot replace the years of experience that a plumber brings to the job.
When it comes to your water heater installation or gas line work, you need the experience of a professional plumber to make sure that everything is safe. Obviously, a gas line leak can be extremely dangerous. A plumber has the right experience and tools to properly solve sensitive gas line problems. Attempting to fix it yourself could be dangerous for not only you and your family but your surrounding neighbors too. Likewise, if you have a gas heater, you don’t want to risk damaging the gas lines. Incorrect installation could also result in you needing a costly fix done the road.
If you’re unsure about your ability to properly fix the problem, always call a plumber first. They may even be able to talk you through the steps if it’s a simple fix.