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When to Call a Plumber

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 11:30am

One of the trickier household plumbing decisions homeowners face is whether to try the DIY approach or call a professional to get the job done. For some people, it’s always tempting to give it a go to try and save some money, but there are certain plumbing issues that call for a professional plumber every time.

Leaky Pipes

A water leak can happen behind a wall, under a floor, inside a vanity, in a drainpipe, sewer line, water heater or under the foundation of your house. They come in many different sizes and you can get one for a variety of reasons. If you leave them alone they will get worse and cause serious property damage, which is why you should always call a plumber to find the source and repair it properly.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure may be caused by obstructions in the water lines, a broken water heater, low pressure from the municipal supply and other reasons. If you are able to determine the cause of your low water pressure, it’s still not a good idea to try and fix it yourself.

Stubborn Drain Clogs

Drain clogs are a frustrating nuisance for any homeowner, and while many like to try the DIY approach, if you can’t make a difference with a standard plunger, call your plumber to get the job done right. Plumbers have specialized tools and equipment with high pressure drain cleaning options that will blast even the most impossible clogs out of the way.

New Installations

These include water heaters, sump pumps, garbage disposals and similar appliances that are tied into the plumbing system. In some cases, the company will send a representative to install it for you, but if you’re on your own, call a plumber for help.

Damaged Sewer Line

A broken, damaged or blocked sewer line has the potential to cause a big mess inside your home or on your property, so you will want to call a reputable plumber to deal with it, as soon as you are aware there is a problem.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes can lead to burst pipes in certain situations, so if you aren’t experienced when it comes to thawing out pipes, you should call in a plumber for help. You can check the frozen pipe for cracks or splits and then use a hair dryer to try and thaw it out, but it doesn’t always turn out as well as you’d hoped.

Water Heater Issues

Your water heater may look simple enough, but it has enough different components to make it a “professionals only” type of repair or installation. If you lose the hot water in your home or if you see leaking around the tank, call a plumber to get the situation sorted as soon as possible.

If You’re Unsure

Uncertainty is a perfectly acceptable reason to call a plumber in basically any type of situation. Even if it seems like a plumbing situation you feel you “should” be able to handle, if you can’t, it’s OK. That’s what plumbers are for, and we would be happy to come out and provide you with a solution.

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