Whether you live in a sleek and modern home or a lovingly restored 100 year old gem, one thing is certain: home ownership and repairs go hand in hand. And fixing those repairs can end up costing a pretty penny over time. It’s no wonder more and more homeowners are channeling their inner Bob Vila and choosing to take on home repair and improvement projects themselves.

But while many DIY repairs can often be successfully completed with some basic tools and skills, others could end up costing you more time, money, and frustration if not done by a professional.

So before you head to your local home improvement store, here are a few plumbing situations that are best left to the pros.

If the job requires a permit…

Anytime you’re adding to the structure of your home, changing the footprint of your kitchen or bath, or doing any plumbing work that requires you to obtain a permit, it’s best to hire an experienced plumber. Not only will a plumbing contractor make sure the job is done correctly and up to code, you and your home will be protected should anything go wrong in the process.

If the job requires a propane torch…

Tightening a loose faucet, shower head, or even pipe is simple enough with the right wrench. But when you’re dealing with cracked or burst pipes that need to be replaced and soldered together with a blow torch, consider calling a plumber. You might save a few bucks by doing it yourself, but the risk far outweighs the benefit.

If your hot water heater in on the fritz…

Your hot water heater is a big investment. But proper, professional maintenance can add years to its expected life span. So if you find yourself standing in an ice cold shower, have the hot water heater checked out by an expert.

If the main plumbing line backs up…

A backed up drain line is a lot more complicated to repair than your run of the mill sink clog. If you notice water from one fixture, like the bathtub, appearing in another, like a nearby sink, you need a plumber with the right tools and expertise to get things moving again.

At LBA, our well-trained and experienced plumbers are ready to lend all the professional assistance you need:  on time, on budget, and with your 100% satisfaction guaranteed.  So give us a call, and let an LBA plumber be a hero to you.