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Plumbing Jobs, When to Call the Professionals

by Andy Butler

Home owners have a choice when it comes to plumbing work or any other home improvement endeavours, to hire a professional, like those at Modica Gas & Plumbing, or to take the DIY route. There are certain plumbing jobs such as installing new faucets, sinks and washing machines or dishwashers that many people would opt to do themselves rather than to hire a plumber. If you class yourself as being fairly competent when it comes to DIY remodeling in general, however, then you may well be inclined to go the DIY route for more serious plumbing projects, but could you be biting off more than you can chew?

The following are jobs for which you would be well advised to hire a professional plumber.

Hot water service systems

The installation of hot water systems is complex and involved and requires a level of expertise that only a qualified and licensed hot water service installer would possess. Trying to carry out an important project such as installing a hot water service by watching a few online videos and some printed instructions could be a recipe for disaster.

The reason installing a hot water system should be done by a professional is first and foremost that it involves electricity and gas. Both of these elements in and of themselves are dangerous enough; combine them and you have the potential for disastrous consequences if installed incorrectly. Any work which involves working with the gas line should be left to professionals, since the result of a leaking gas line could cause such significant problems not just for you and your family, but for your neighbors also!

Split system air conditioners

Installing a split system air conditioner is another complex undertaking that should be carried out by a licensed plumbing professional. While this is a job that homeowners often decide to themselves, there is a good reason to avoid the DIY approach for installing split system air conditioning systems.

Air conditioning installation is actually a very complex undertaking, with lots of seemingly simple steps that are incredibly important to get right. A small miscalculation when it comes to the installation of the indoor unit for example, can lead to poor circulation of air -- and render the system partially ineffective. There is a lot of heavy drilling involved, and there are potential implications of mistakes when it comes to drilling deep and wide holes in walls, which can include accidentally drilling through electric wiring, gas or hot water pipes, or lead to structural damage to your home.

The step of charging the refrigerant is actually illegal in some states to do without an appropriate license, which only a plumber would usually possess.