From installing a new water softener to dealing with a backed-up sewer line, having a licensed plumber on speed dial is a necessity for any smart homeowner. Homeowners often become DIY experts, but when it comes to plumbing, we can give you some great reasons to skip the do-it-yourself approach and instead call an experienced plumber.

Extensive Knowledge

plumbers have extensive knowledge of how plumbing systems should be set up and repaired. To be a plumber, you must complete an extended apprenticeship and a licensing process that ensures that the plumber understands and can complete specialized plumbing jobs.

Licensed plumbers understand the local plumbing codes and regulations so that all the work they do is within the necessary legal parameters and recommendations. More importantly, they know how to solve issues with solutions that will last instead of ones that only put a bandage on a bigger problem.

Proper Equipment and Tools

As with any technical career, plumbers have a wide array of specialized tools and equipment for plumbing jobs. Many homeowners don’t have these tools on hand because they can be quite a large financial investment. It’s not hard to figure out that calling in a licensed plumber who has the proper tools and equipment is going to help get the job done correctly and quicker than trying to do the job yourself with the wrong tools.

Faster Repairs

One of the many truths about DIY projects is that they tend to take much longer than if a professional were to do the job. The same holds with any sort of plumbing issues. When you call in a licensed plumber, they will be able to assess the issue and come up with a solution right away. They will have the tools on site to take care of the problem and will be able to get everything back up and running extremely quickly. In the time that it takes a plumber to finish the job, most homeowners will still be sitting on YouTube watching videos on the subject.

Quality Workmanship

There is no lack of quick-fix plumbing solutions out there. However, just because these items are sold doesn’t mean that they’re a good solution for the issue that you’re having. Many of the quick-fix products that are on the market today are not up to code in most areas across the country. When you call on a licensed plumber to handle any plumbing problem that you have, you can be assured that you’re going to get quality workmanship that not only lasts but is also up to code. When they walk away from the job, you can be assured that they won’t have to come back to fix anything.


Yet another reason to bring in a licensed plumber is that their work will come along with a warranty. Having a warranty on a plumbing job helps to provide you, the homeowner, with peace of mind about the work that was performed. Additionally, if anything goes wrong after the plumbing job has been completed, you can simply call the plumber and have them fix the issue without taking any more money out of your pocket.

Preventing Bigger Issues

When you call in a licensed plumber, they will be able to access the whole situation. They’re probably going to be looking at more than the average homeowner will because they know that issues can show up small at first and then turn into much bigger problems. For example, a licensed plumber will know that they shouldn’t be reusing supply lines when installing new shut-off valves because it will weaken the lines and increase the risk of leaks. Most homeowners doing an average DIY project will reuse these supply lines and end up with water leaks further down the road.

Professional Grade Products

While many home improvement stores do carry a wide variety of plumbing products, they aren’t the same as the grade of products that you’re going to get from a plumbing supplier. Most licensed plumbers will have a designated plumbing supplier that they use to get all their parts. When you have a plumber fix issues in your home, you can ensure that they’re going to be installing professional-grade parts that are built to last.

Multiple Services

Most plumbing contractors will offer a wide variety of services to their customers. If you’re having an issue with one of your water lines, your chosen plumber can come in and fix that. You may request that while they’re there, they install a water softener or put on a shut-off valve. Any licensed plumber will be able to handle various plumbing tasks while on the job.

Code Requirements

If you’re constructing a new home or putting on an addition, you’ll need to apply for a permit in your area. Typically, part of this permitting process is that you have a licensed plumber not only submit the blueprint for any of the plumbing fixtures in the new building but also install it. Code officers will normally come out to inspect the plumber’s work before you finish closing in the walls on your newly constructed home or addition. In most communities throughout the country, the code does not allow homeowners to do any of the plumbing setup for a new home or an addition.

Reduced Stress

Whether you have a water leak in your home or you’re simply thinking about installing a water softener, you may feel stressed about the situation. Tackling the task on your own could be a time-intensive process with no guarantees that your repair will last. When you opt to hire a licensed plumber to come in and take care of your broken water line or install your new water softener, you no longer have to stress about it. Your plumbing needs will be in experienced and licensed hands.

Safety Standards

The average homeowner often doesn’t have extensive knowledge of plumbing. If you try to do repairs yourself, you may end up with more issues than you started with. For example, if you try to install a water shut-off valve and forget to shut off the main water valve first, you could end up with water damage in your home that can be costlier to fix than just hiring a plumber to install the valve to start with. A licensed plumber will have safety standards in place that will prevent any further damage from occurring to your home.

Rely on the Pros

With so many different tasks in the plumbing field, they require professionals with extensive knowledge and expertise to be completed correctly. If you live in the Wheeling area, you can rely on Fly Plumbing & HVAC for all your plumbing needs. We’ll also take care of your heating, cooling, duct cleaning, air quality, humidity, and UV light needs. Simply give us a call today, and we’ll get one of our plumbing technicians on the way to your home.

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