Simple plumbing repairs such as low water pressure, water meter valve inspection, or showerhead cleaning can be performed on a do-it-yourself basis. In as much as you would like to tackle plumbing projects on your own when you can, when do you decide if it’s time to call a plumber?
Here are the following telltale signs for you to know when DIY turns into a disaster, calling a professional ensures you a solution is on its way.
You don’t have water supply in the house.
If your water supply suddenly stops, it could be a warning sign that something is wrong. If this happens, make sure to check all water outlets in your house to confirm none of them are receiving water. Check all possible causes why you ran out of water- the hot and cold water supplies. If you still cannot get the water to run, there’s a possibility that the buried water pipe leading from the street water meter to your house may have burst, or there could be a leak centered around your water meter. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 10% of American households with leaks waste 90 gallons of water every day. Any major leaks or problems with the water main may be one of the reasons why you lose water. Call a trained plumber if you need emergency plumbing to make necessary repairs.
Your drain is not draining.
Although clogs are the most common plumbing problems and you can fix it with the use of a plunger, this remedy may not work all the time. If you have a clog that backs up consistently, it’s time for you to call a plumber. Professionals use high tech tools like cameras so they can look deeper into your pipes to determine the cause of the clog. Once they identify the root cause, they can perform drain cleaning to get rid of hair, grease build-up, and other debris resulting in an efficiently working drain.
You have an overflowing toilet.
Overflowing toilets especially after you flush is probably due to a blockage. Although clogs in the toilet can be resolved by using a plunger easily, there are times that unclogging your toilet using this method is not enough. If all things fail, start calling your plumber for a toilet repair. Calling help from a professional will lessen the damage to your toilet and help prevent it from happening again.
You have a backflow issue and your house smells like sewage.
The presence of backflow water inside your property is disgusting not to mention its unbearable smell. Don’t try to tackle this problem on your own as this may pose a health threat to you and your family, plus it may be a sign of a major plumbing issue. To keep your home from further damage due to backup water and sewage smell, calling a plumber is a good idea to determine if you need a sewer repair or a sewer replacement.
You plan to install new appliances.
If you’re planning to install new appliances such as washing machines or a new dishwasher, you would rather call a professional to do this job than go for a DIY route. It is better to invest in professional plumbing services since the installation process of new appliances is more complicated than you might think. There are various components that you should consider such as your home’s overall plumbing system that includes drains and supply lines. Hence, to ensure that your newly purchased pieces of home equipment will work efficiently, leave it to the trained hands of the professional plumbers. So you can rest assured that when you use them, you’ll be confident that they’re working in top condition.