It is possible to tackle pipes and drains with some common sense and home improvement skills. But there are some issues that are better left in the hands of professionals, lest the problem could become much bigger than it already is.
Here are some situations where it would be wise to let the professionals take over.
1. Pipe Leaks
If you happen to walk into a puddle of water in your bathroom or kitchen floor with no open faucets in sight, definitely there has been a pipe leak. The leak may be due to internal damage in the pipe. It’s better to call a plumber and get the expert’s opinion.
2. Pipe bursts
The snow season puts your home plumbing at a huge risk of freezing and bursting. Burst pipes can cause heavy damage to your property. Of course, if you take necessary precautions it is possible to stay clear of frozen pipes in peak winters. But despite your efforts you may encounter a burst pipe. In such a situation, you must immediately call for a plumber’s services.
3. Pipe replacement
Plumbing pipes are designed to last for a few decades. Once the plumbing of your house gets too old and worn out, it will need replacement. Professional plumbers are trained to do this job, and it will be worth every penny to hire their services.
4. Clogged toilet
Minor clogs in the toilet can be easily managed with a plunger. However, if your toilet has already overflowed, that’s an emergency plumbing situation. You need to call a plumber right away.
5. Clogged drains
Clogged drains are another common problem, especially when it comes to the kitchen sink. Again, if there is a minor obstruction, you could easily get rid of it using a plunger or a drain snake. But if the drain is overflowing and the situation is beyond your might, you should seek professional plumbing services immediately.
6. Plumbing installation
A faulty plumbing installation can prove detrimental to your washing machine and other appliances. We have a sincere request. No matter how many Youtube videos claim that you can DIY a plumbing installation, kindly leave it to the experts.
7. Leaking Faucets
A faucet may leak due to its worn-out washer, or due to rusting. While it may be easy to fix a faucet yourself with simple mechanics, you do need to have a little bit of skill too. If you are unsure of handling the repairs on your own, you should call a professional.
8. Sump Pump
You probably have a forgotten sump pump in your basement. Well, the sump pump is meant for pumping out water from the basement in the event it gets flooded. It is important that you keep the sump pump in good shape and working condition for such flooding emergencies.
If you have no idea how the sump pump works, you should get it checked by a plumber and get it repaired if required.
9. Low water pressure
If it appears that your faucets have only a trickle instead of a stream, you should be aware that there may be an underlying water pressure problem. You should first troubleshoot by cleaning the faucet’s aerators by soaking it in vinegar.
If the problem persists, it may be due to some fault or damage to the plumbing system. You should ask a plumber to investigate.
10. Water heater issues
After a few years of use, your water heater may present with a range of problems now and then. The most common is a water heater leak. This may be due to a loose valve or due to cracks in the storage tank.
Sometimes the water heater may just stop heating. These situations may warrant repair or replacement of parts, or even replacement of the heater completely. A plumber can inspect the situation and give you proper advice in this regard.