“I’ve lived on my own before, but this is my first time being the actual homeowner,” Sue said. She recently purchased a property in Queens and in the process of doing some renovations. “Now I’m responsible for everything. With the way everything is right now, I don’t want to spend money I don’t have to – if I can fix the problem myself, I will. But I know sometimes you’re better off calling the pros. What I want to know is when do I call a plumber in Queens, and when do I do the DIY thing?”
There are some situations where you absolutely, no doubt need to call the plumber right away, no questions asked. Luckily these type of situations are relatively far and few between: burst pipes, seriously clogged toilets, water heater failure, and any concern whatsoever about the gas lines in your house.
When it comes to needing a plumber in Queens for home remodels, it’s important to know that the DOB requires the use of a licensed master plumber for any major plumbing work such as running new piping, installing drains, gas line installation, rerouting piping, and more. Smaller plumbing projects, such as replacing a faucet or taking care of a toilet flapper valve that’s not working properly, is fine to tackle on your own.
What about things like a constantly dripping showerhead or a toilet that’s leaking around the base? Before you decide to take on these tasks on your own, think through the entire job to make sure it’s really something you want to do. Every home plumbing task has its own level of difficulty and mess. Not everyone is comfortable dealing with a toilet after it comes out of position, and it’s not the sort of job you can realistically give up on once you’ve started.
If you’re on the fence about tackling a home plumbing issue because you’re not sure how much it is going to cost, get in touch with your local Queens plumber and get an estimate for the job. It’s much easier to make an informed decision when you have accurate information.