In today’s DIY era, many homeowners are deciding to ditch the professionals and take on certain home projects themselves.

While DIY is a great way to save some money on a project and feel that sense of accomplishment, there are certain times when hiring a professional is the better option.

Certain plumbing jobs top that list.


Some jobs, such as changing out a faucet, can easily be done by a homeowner. However, some plumbing problems are more serious in nature, and the help of a professional can ensure the problem is not only resolved, but doesn’t cost more money in damages down the road. According toAB Plumbing in Santa Monica, “Usually a problem that involves water piping, gas piping or sewer lines is of an emergency nature. There is a need for a fast response from a plumbing service as major damage to a home may be caused by any water or sewer leak, and, of course professional technicians with modern equipment are also needed.”

Instead of creating an even bigger problem, be sure to call in a professional to tackle the following plumbing scenarios.

Intricate Bathroom Remodels

Opting for a cost-effective bathroom remodel may be your plan, but underlying problems may cause your inexpensive renovation to double in price. If you are only doing cosmetic upgrades to your bathroom, such as changing the faucets and painting, then you don’t need the help of a professional. However, if you are knocking down walls and moving the location of toilets, sinks, or other plumbing-related items, then use a plumber. Moving pipes requires more skill and thought than you may realize. The water in the home needs to be completely shut off to avoid flooding. Pipes need to be removed and connected in certain ways so that there aren’t any leaks. And cities and towns also have certain codes and regulations that need to be followed when it comes to plumbing. So if you’re tackling a big bathroom remodel job, let a professional help.

Sewer Repair

You don’t realize just how much you take your sewer for granted until there’s an issue. All the water in your home travels to the sewer, and if there is an issue in the sewage pipes in your home, you may find your home filled with an awful smell, or worse, sewage backup. Obviously, you don’t want to be climbing through or cleaning up sewage in your home, so if you notice any type of sewage issue, call a plumber for help. Trying to tackle the problem on your own could result in making the situation worse, and worsening a sewage problem is not a smart move.

Water Heater Repair/Replacement

The water heater in your home is what provides you with warm water, and it uses a combination of water and gas pipes in order to do so. If you have a broken or damaged water heater, or if you need toinstall a new water heater, you should consider hiring a plumber to do so. Not only do they have the experience with water heaters in general, but they also have the know-how to ensure that the water and gas pipes that are connected to the heater are done so correctly.