Plumber jokes abound, usually centering around their exorbitant fees or making fun of do-it-yourself homeowners whose ineptness worsens the situation and requires calling a plumber to save the day. But, though the plumber is in fact highly skilled and generally worth his fee, the homeowner doesn't have to bemoan his inaccessibility to arcane plumber secrets. He doesn't have to remain clueless nor does he have to fear ineptness. He can do quite successfully a number of plumbing-related tasks himself.
The plumber is frankly more interested in focusing on major problems for which he has been extensively trained to solve and is usually content to leave minor issues to the homeowner. So in the rest of this blog, let's get a better understanding of how all the plumbing in your house functions and see what jobs are safe for you to tackle and what are better left to the plumber.