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I'm having plumbing problems at my vacation rental. Should I hire a professional?

I have an older home and need to redo some of the plumbing. Is it realistic I could take this on myself or should I hire a pro?

Asked By: Mike

Tags: Maintenance New to Renting Property Management

1 Answers

There are several clear risks when taking on plumbing tasks yourself. The primary question is whether your actions will potentially harm yourself or your potential clients: unclogging a drain, for example, is a relatively safe and easy procedure; if you know how to do it yourself, or feel comfortable to quickly and effectively learn the skill online, then by all means it's a good idea to save yourself some money.

Bigger plumbing problems, however, such as dealing with eroded or burst pipes, or anything that could lead to flooding or a deep clog, are often better handled by professionals, lest they become an unnecessary mess.

For more on home renovations, including dealing with electrical issues, read about DIY vs. professional vacation rental maintenance.