Stopped drains, dripping faucets, and malfunctioning garbage disposals can be quite a nuisance, and since most issues with sinks have a pronounced impact on what you can and cannot do in your kitchen or bathroom, most of us tend to call for sink repair as soon as we notice a problem. There is good reason, however, to take a step back and examine the situation before contacting a professional.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly 420,000 people were employed as a plumber, pipefitter, or steamfitter in 2010. That's a lot of people to choose from for your bathroom or kitchen sink repair job! As with all home repairs, the professional you hire can make a huge difference in not only how well the job is performed, but in how much it costs you; and while an experienced plumber should easily be able to handle any issues your sink is having, there is another choice that makes a lot of sense in many situations.
1.Opting to Hire a Handyman for Minor Sink Repairs
Today's sink components offer many options and features that can be very desirable, but the cost of purchasing and installing a brand new sink makes this decision a tough one.
When residential waterworks just aren't working well, most of us instinctively think of a plumber as the right professional for the job. Opting to hire a handyman rather than a plumber for minor sink repairs, however, has many benefits. Because a handyman will know how to repair any number of smaller ailments your home is suffering from, he or she can fix many problems in a single visit. Additionally, hiring separate contractors for each of your home's minor repair needs is time consuming as well as costly; by choosing a handyman to fix your sink, you'll be getting a real bargain on a number of different repairs and get rid of a whole slew of small inconveniences all in one day.
2.Repair or Replace?
When any component of the home is in serious disrepair, replacement is always an option worth considering. Today's sink components offer many options and features that can be very desirable, but the cost of purchasing and installing a brand new sink makes this decision a tough one. Another thing to consider when you're thinking of replacing an existing sink is the appearance of the other fixtures, appliances, and components that surround it. A fancy new sink might look out-of-place in a kitchen that is in need of upgrades in many other areas. In these cases, it may be wise to repair the existing sink and hold off on replacement until you have the budget to enhance the rest of the space. This will not only save you money in the short-term, but down the road, as well, since your future sink replacement will be bundled in with other, similar tasks.
3.Fixing Your Own Sink
Of course, homeowners can always go the do-it-yourself route and tackle minor sink issues on their own. If you plan on fixing your own sink--particularly a kitchen sink with a garbage disposal--it is important to both research the task thoroughly and have the proper tools for the job on hand. Remember: Do it yourself plumbing is a possibility, but there's a reason why plumbers train extensively before they begin taking jobs!
4.Finding a Reputable Contractor
Sure, fixing a plugged or leaky sink isn't as involved a process as putting on a new roof, but taking a little time to find an experienced and reputable service professional is always a good way to ensure fast, effective, and reasonably-priced service. Check to see if a potential contractor has any relationships with professional organizations (The Better Business Bureau, Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association, etc.). Additionally, make sure you get quotes from three contractors before you decide on which to hire. Employing these measures doesn't take very long, but they can save you a lot of time, hassle, and even money by helping you hire the very best person for the sink repair job.