“Hi. My name is Wally. And, I am a DIY addict.”
“Hi Wally! Welcome to DIY Anonymous.”
Yes, I admit it. I am a born DIY’er. Or, maybe I picked it up from my dad. Who knows…? From as early as I can remember, I was always trying to build something, whether it was out of wood, plastic, metal, or whatever else I could find lying around.
Later in life I expanded my skills by (mostly) building a house and all that entails – framing, finish carpentry, roofing, concrete, electrical wiring, and of course, plumbing.
That’s when I discovered, I hate (really – HATE) plumbing.
Even now, when I find myself working on some kind of plumbing related project, I discover that I somehow picked up the wrong pipe or fitting, or not enough pipes and fittings, to finish the project. You’d think that after all these years, and all these projects, I would get it right. You’d think so, anyway…
As it is, plumbing is something just about everyone has to deal with eventually, whether you’re involved with new construction, a remodeling project, or just simple plumbing repair.
Here’s a few things you might be better off calling in a professional for:
Rattling pipes. This can be caused by several things, but usually it’s because the pipes are not secured or strapped to the wall frame properly. A plumber may need to re-secure the pipes.
Slow kitchen drains. They may be a partially clogged, or a dishwasher may be improperly plumbed. Your plumber may clear the clog or re-plumb the dishwasher.
Reduced hot water when another faucet is turned on. This is very common in older homes when the hot and cold water pressures are not in balance. Your plumber may determine that a pressure balance valve is required.
Toilet tank leaks. Very annoying. Your plumber may replace plumbing parts inside the tank.
Plumbing a Remodel or New Construction
If you are remodeling, you might need to include a new plumbing design and installation. Make sure you meet with the plumber and all contractors involved to develop a timeline. It is critical that everyone works together so the project goes smoothly. I had huge issues with this kind of scheduling when building my house.
Make sure you have detailed plans before accepting bids from potential plumbing contractors. Each candidate should be provided with an identical copy of the plans. The general rule of thumb is to accept bids from at least three different bids.
Make sure the plumbers are licensed and request references. Get an idea from candidate when they are available to start, and ask for a projected completion date. Be sure to check the references they gave you on other projects they have completed.
It’s generally easy to find licensed plumbing contractors in your area. Use references from friends and relatives, or check with a local licensing agency. Online resources are also available. For instance, if you live in Memphis, just do a Google search for memphis plumber and you should get lots of hits.