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Plumbing Installation is Best Left to the Pros

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Getting plumbing help for a household installation job may seem like a waste of money. But there are some plumbing installation projects in which it actually makes economic sense to hire a professional. If you end up over your head handling a plumbing project, the potential for damage could make the job more expensive than if you had just called a plumber in the first place.

Installing a sink is a job that absolutely requires the work to be done correctly the first time. The potential for leaks, which could lead to water damage, is significant. Another danger is damage to the sink, which can be quite heavy and difficult to maneuver. One of the most difficult parts of the job is getting the new sink to exactly fit into the existing opening. That will require careful use of a jigsaw to cut the hole for the new sink, a skill normally perfected only after plenty of practice. Another complicated part of the job is using plumber's putty and silicone caulk to create an airtight seal.

Putting in a toilet is another plumbing project that begs for a professional touch. One issue is the condition of the floor beneath the toilet. In an older home with wood floors, it's possible that significant damage to the sub-floor could be revealed when the toilet is removed. During the actual removal of the old toilet and installation of the new unit, it's best to have more than one person doing the job. Toilets, especially older models, can be quite heavy. Another significant issue is ensuring that the new wax ring that seals the toilet is lined up properly as the toilet is secured to the floor. One imprecise move can ruin the job and ring up additional purchases for new wax rings until the installation is perfect.

Installing a water heater is a job that immediately calls out for plumbing help. Particularly if your water heater runs on natural gas, this installation demands air tight connections to the gas and water lines. With a majority of water heaters in the country fueled by natural gas, this is a potentially dangerous job if a natural gas leak is inadvertently created. Beyond the dangers of dealing with natural gas, there are local building codes that must be followed that cover such items as the materials required for the hot and cold water connections and the proper height and clearance around the unit, which reduces the risk that any fumes could trigger a fire or explosion.

Finally, dishwasher installation is another plumbing project that poses enough difficulties that it makes sense to rely on someone who has done it many times before. The issue here is that you will be working both with water and electricity. Other issues include installing a built-in unit for the first time, which can involve some complicated work taking out existing cabinets and relying on precise measurements. But even if the job is to take out an old dishwasher and put in a new one, properly handling the water and drain line connections can be difficult. This is not a good job to discover the lines were not threaded properly, considering the significant amount of water that can leak from a poorly installed dishwasher.

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