Plumbing problems can be a recurring issue, especially in older homes and the most common issue tend to be the most important to leave to a plumber.
Unfortunately, extensive damage to walls and floors may follow, not because homeowners ignored the situation but simply because they took it upon themselves to embark on a DIY quest rather than rely on professionals to do the job.
While some minor plumbing problems can be resolved using the DIY approach, most of the time you just need the old-fashioned professional plumbing service. Besides, no matter how good people may take care of their plumbing systems, emergencies can occur anyway.
But attempting more complicated tasks because of penny-pinching habits may lend you injured or cause major property damage to your home and property. Don’t be such a hard head and just leave it with the professionals. Here are top 5 reasons to call a plumber.
1. Frozen or Burst Pipes
Freezing water expands, and when it does it can cause pipes to crack or even break. First thing to do is close the main shutoff valve. This will stop puddles from causing additional or extensive damage to nearby walls and floors.
Do not attempt to thaw a pipe on your own because it can cause the pipe to split. Just call an experienced plumber to either repair or replace the damaged pipe.
2. Blocked or Clogged Drains and Toilets
The least favorite problem homeowners would like to deal with is clogs. Clogged drains and toilets are one thing. But when it overflows, it’s time to hand it over to a plumber.
Overflowing toilets and drains are not just a smelly headache but it can cause expensive damage to flooring. So don’t go trying to fix it on your own because the blockage can go deeper into the pipes.
3. Broken Water Heater
Nobody wants to a cold shower on an already cold morning. Too much condensation is the usual reason why it doesn’t work but it can also be as a result of either loose valves or a corroded water tank. But water heating units gone awry are very dangerous to deal with if you don’t have the proper skills so it would be best to call in your trusted plumber to handle this.
4. Gas Leaks
If there is a gassy smell inside your home even if you’re certain that all the knobs of the stove are in the off position, evacuate the premises immediately. A gas leak is a serious problem that can become deadly in the wrong hands. As soon as you have evacuated, a plumber should be called to fix the problem.
5. Sewer Line Clog
When a sewer line or septic tank is the issue, call in the professionals. Raw sewage is toxic – breathing its fumes can be both unpleasant and physiologically damaging.
If it is a main line clog, the pressure must be released immediately because it could lead to significant damage to the home and an expensive sewer line repair or replacement.
When you call the plumbing company, request for a camera inspection during the cleanout to ensure whatever’s clogging the sewer line will be effectively removed.
If you need a bit of guidance on choosing a plumber, go to this Wiki-How article. They have some great advice.