When to call a plumber

Let’s be honest, no one wants to call a plumber. Nowadays, the introduction of How-Tos on YouTube and throughout various online mediums makes us feel as though we’re certified plumbers ourselves. There’s no job we can’t handle if we have the right instructional video on our computer. However, if you attempt to fix a problem on your own, you may find that you are making the situation worse!

Not all plumbing projects are ideal for the do-it-yourselfer. Here are a few tips to help you understand when it’s best to call in a professional plumber:

When permits are required

Moving existing plumbing, bathroom remodeling, or adding a new gas line for your BBQ all require permits. It’s important to have a professional plumber there who knows the process and building codes to ensure the inspection goes through.

Water heater work

It’s not recommended to work on your own water heater. There are a lot of things that can go wrong, which can make the process dangerous. Trust repairs and service maintenance to a professional.

Shower valve replacement

Don’t let online blogs and tutorials fool you, replacing a shower valve is complex and time consuming for an experienced do-it-yourselfer. Trust an expert to help you choose the right valve and replace it without damaging the shower walls.

Basically, when a permit or extensive work is required it’s more cost effective and less frustrating to contact a professional plumber to handle the task. The plumbers at Metro-Rooter are certified, professional, timely, and affordable – why waste your weekend when you have us?

Four Going Green Plumbing Trends

Today’s hot topics are all about the conservation of our natural resources, including water.  Many people are incorporating green features in their new home design from the kitchen to the yard and the bathroom. Here are four Going Green plumbing trends that you should consider installing in your home:

Lead-Free Faucets
Join the safest trend in replacing your old faucets with lead-free ones. If you don’t, you could be consuming distasteful and harmful lead on a daily basis.

Solar Hot Water
Since most traditional solar hot water collectors are being replaced with less expensive plastic models, water warmed naturally by the sun is becoming more of a real possibility for most homeowners.

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