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Reasons why hiring a professional is the right choice for that DIY project

Everyone will eventually run into some sort of plumbing problem at one time or another. While you may think that you can get by with making a simple Google search for the perfect Do It Yourself solution, the reality is that these sorts of amateur patch jobs usually wind up causing more harm than good. Specifically, there are three major issues with trying to fix a plumbing problem without professional assistance.


Amateur plumbing repairs run the risk of causing unforeseen safety hazards within the property. A professional plumber is trained to not only examine your pipes, but also the conditions and issues pertinent to the areas surrounding those pipes. This greatly reduces the chance of missing potential sources of water damage and mold growth. The training that goes into becoming a professional plumber allows him to avoid scalding burns from steam pipes, electrocution from pipes that are positioned closely to electrical outlets, and to safely work around rusty, tetanus-laden pipes.


Taking on water issues by yourself means that you are comfortable with taking on any responsibility for subsequent plumbing problems. Conversely, a professional is licensed and is practically a necessity in cases where the plumbing problems pertain to a leased or rented property, such as an apartment complex; taking on such a problem carries the potential of invalidating your lease and costing you a residence.

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While it may seem like a DIY approach would be a much cheaper option than hiring a professional plumber, you may actually cause more damage by missing a contributing factor to the initial problem or following unlicensed instructions off of a website. Sure you may have stopped that dripping faucet in the bathroom so you could finally get a good night’s sleep, but your particular approach may have given the green light to cause a cumulative increase in water pressure; a build-up with the potential to break free, bursting the pipe, flooding the entire bathroom, soaking the carpeting for a future mold colony. Your simple leak problem has now become a much larger, costlier problem that you will require a plumber for. Hiring a plumber may cost more than a solution you read online, but it is a cost that you will only need to make a single time to put an end to your plumbing problem.

Are you looking to upgrade your Arlington home? Call The Plumbing Dr. at (703) 525-9280 and get started today!