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Hiring a Plumber vs DIY

Oftentimes it can be tempting to tackle major home repairs or remodels yourself. While some jobs may be a simple fix, many can end up costing you in the long run. When it comes to plumbing it is important to know what you are up against. Some plumbing repairs are simple, and can be an easy “DIY” afternoon project, but others can quickly spiral out of control. No matter what your plumbing needs are, it is always a good idea to hire a professional.


When home remodels impact existing plumbing, or require new plumbing, it is time to call a professional. Many remodeling projects require permits and a professional plumber will know what permits are needed for your job as well as ensure things are done up to inspection standards. Professionals have an in depth understanding of building and inspection codes and can help your remodeling project go off without a hitch.

Main line problems?

One particularly nasty problem many homeowners run into is a main line blockage. A sign of a main line problem would be the toilets backing up into the sink and/or shower. In this case it is always best to hire a professional. While homeowners are able to rent the specialized equipment used to clear these blockages, it can be difficult to use and misuse could lead to more serious problems.

Replacing existing fixtures?

When replacing your existing bathroom or kitchen fixtures it is a good idea to seek professional help. While it may seem like an easy, straightforward job, mistakes can wind up costing you an arm and a leg. Anytime you remove and replace an existing fixture you are creating a risk of leaks that can lead to major problems if left unaddressed. Not only can this lead to potential plumbing problems, but a leak could lead to flooring, cabinet, drywall, and in worst case scenarios structural damage such as rotting floorboards or wooden beams depending on the extent of the leak and damage. This is all money that could be saved by hiring a professional from the beginning.

Water woes?

Not enough water pressure? Water not hot enough? If your water pressure and/or temperature are causing you daily frustration it is time to hire a plumber. A lack of water pressure can be caused by any number of things, and without hiring a professional you are left to guess blindly. Whether you have a buildup in your pipes or a poor line design a professional can address the issue quickly and effectively. Water heater problems are also another highly variable problem. From leaks, to electrical problems, to thermostat issues, water heater problems warrant a call to a professional plumber.

While some simple plumbing problems can be resolved by a handy homeowner, oftentimes it is more cost effective to have a professional address the issue. At Michael Runk Plumbing & Heating Services we would love to help you with any of your plumbing needs. Please contact us today!

What Our Customers Say

"Great experience. Moved into a new home and experienced major plumbing issues (flooding) the morning after New Years. The plumber arrived that morning within the hour and relieved the issues, also provided some recommendations that benefited us in the long-run."

-Matt Lewis

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Frederick County: Frederick (21701, 20702, 21703, 21709), New Market (21774) , Mount Airy (21771), Urbana (21704), Ijamsville (21754), Walkersville (21793), Libertytown (21762), Damascus (20872), and more.

Howard County: Clarksville (21029), Columbia (21044), Cooksville (21723), Dorsey (21075), Elkridge (21075), Ellicott City (21043), Fulton (20759), Glenelg (21737), Glenwood (21738), Granite (21163), Hanover (21076), Highland (20777), Jessup (20794), Lisbon (21765), Marriottsville (21104), North Laurel (20723), West Friendship (21794), Woodbine (21797), Woodstock (21163), and more.

Montgomery County: Olney (20832), Damascus (20872), Laytonsville (20882), Silver Spring (20910), Clarksburg (20871), Gaithersburg (20878), Germantown (20876), Bethesda (20816), Chevy Chase (20815), and more.

Baltimore County: Arbutus (21227), Catonsville (21228, 21250), Cockeysville (21030, 21031, 21065), Dundalk (21222), Edgemere (21219), Essex (21221), Garrison (21055), Lansdowne (21227), Lochearn (21207), Lutherville (21093), Middle River (21220), Milford Mill (21244), Overlea (21236), Owings Mills (21117), Parkville (21234), Park Heights (21215), Pikesville (21208), Randallstown (21133), Reisterstown (21136), Rosedale (21237), Timonium (21093), Towson (21204), White Marsh (21162), Woodlawn (21207), and more.

Carroll County: Eldersburg (21784), Finksburg (21048), Hampstead (21074), Manchester (21102), Marriottsville (21104), Taneytown (21787), Union Bridge (21791), Westminster (21157, 21158), Mount Airy (21771), New Windsor (21776), Sykesville (21784), Woodbine (21797), Taneytown (21787), and more.

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