Clogged sinks, backed-up toilets, and other plumbing problems around the house can sometimes be fixed by simple methods known to plenty of handymen or even you yourself. Some problems, though, need a professional, and that’s when you should call a plumber. Professional, licensed plumbers have had many years of training both on the job and hitting the books, and they learned some tricks along the way. Tricks that will save you money and keep the worst, most feared plumbing problems from ever happening in the first place.
There are three major moments that can happen that mean you need a plumber and we thought today we would look at those times. Sure, you can sometimes fix a leaky socket on your own, but there are some serious problems that need to be left to the right people.
Anything Involving Your Hot Water Heater
If you suddenly find yourself without hot water, do not try and fix that problem yourself. Besides being a complex machine with gas and sensitive piping, hot water heaters are very expensive. Without the proper know-how, you could end up hurting yourself, those around you, and cause serious damage to more than just the hot water heater. Instead, you should call a professional, who can inform you on what you need to do. The decision to replace or fix a hot water heater needs a professional opinion.
A plumber can also investigate other problems that may lead to your lack of hot water, including inspecting pipes, etc. If the hot water issue seems to happen only in a specific area, plumbers can assess the issue and get it fixed.
Flooding and Burst Pipes
Cracked and burst pipes are never an issue you can solve yourself, you need a person familiar with local codes to ensure your home is running properly and within your city’s guidelines. You should always know how to turn off your main water valve, but beyond that you should leave the cause of the flood to a plumber. Plumbers can fix the problem at hand, be it a leaky or burst pipe, but they can also locate the source of the problem, meaning they can prevent the issue from happening again.
If you experience a flood and do not know how to turn off your water, or it is dangerous to do so, you should call a plumber even before you call the insurance company. Hot water and high pressure water can lead to serious injury and is simply not worth the risk.
On a similar note, you should also call a plumber if you notice your water bill is unusually high. If your bill is consistently higher than expected, you may have an issue with your water supply. A plumber can inspect your whole system and fix the issue, saving you money in the long run.
Have you ever tried to install a new toilet or bathtub? Even the most accomplished home renovator has problems with putting in the waterworks, so leave installing the new equipment to someone who can do the job quickly and reliably. Using a professional plumber to install your new sink, bathtub, or toilet will mean it looks great, guaranteed. It’s a plumber’s job, after all, and they want to keep their customers happy.
Some jobs are easier than others when it comes to plumbing, but knowing when to call a plumber can save you money in the long run. By using a professional, you can keep your house looking great and up to code, and leave all that worry to someone who deals with those issues on a daily basis.