When plumbing problems arise, it can be tempting to call in a friend, neighbor or handyman. Unfortunately, it’s not just unwise to do that; in some cases, it might be illegal. In Kentucky, plumbing falls under the Public Protection Cabinet, which requires a license to “engage in the trade of plumbing.” You can legally attempt a do-it-yourself plumbing project under a homeowner’s permit, but there are requirements for these as well. If your house is under a home warranty, it’s important to read it before attempting a DIY plumbing repair. Depending on the specific warranty conditions, you might void it. You should also check with your homeowner’s insurance to see if attempting a DIY repair might affect coverage in the event you make a mistake that results in water damage. When it comes to a handyman or general building maintenance man, they can only repair plumbing to keep plumbing in good working order. A maintenance man can not replace or install any type of plumbing, which includes the following: water heaters, toilets, tubs, showers, sinks, faucets, drains, vents, dishwashers, disposals, grease traps, sewers and water services. For most serious plumbing issues, it’s best to just trust the job to a licensed plumber. Dauenhauer takes pride in our highly-trained and licensed plumbing techs. Call us when you have a leak or need a new fixture installed. That way, you can quickly get back to doing whatever you do best.