Water damage can wreak havoc on your home and your wallet. That’s why it’s essential to know which plumbing projects are do-it-yourself endeavors, and which should be left for an experienced plumber. To help you decipher between the two, we’ve created a helpful list that categorizes plumbing issues you can handle yourself and plumbing issues only a professional should take on.
A Dripping Faucet
After you turn off your faucet does it continue to drip? If the answer is yes, a worn out O-ring is a potential cause. Replacing the O-ring is not difficult and can be considered a DIY project. However, if the faucet continues to leak after you’ve swapped out the O-ring, faulty plumbing or a loose part is more than likely the issue, which means contacting a plumber is in your best interest.
No matter how careful you are, clogged drains are bound to happen, and in most cases they’re not hard to fix. Simply using a natural remedy, such as baking soda and vinegar will help clear most minor obstructions. Chemical based drain cleaners you purchase at a store are not a good answer to your clog, and can actually end up eroding your pipes. A stubborn blockage that won’t budge with a DIY solution indicates the clog is deep within your pipes or too large for normal efforts. In such a case, calling an experienced plumber is your next step.
Higher Than Normal Water Bill
A water bill that suddenly jumps in price signals a leak has taken up residence somewhere in your home. Ignoring the abrupt increase in your bill can have serious consequences, such as, costly water damage to your house. If you believe your home has a hidden leak, hire a plumber to come out and inspect your property as soon as possible.
Water Heater Issues
A malfunctioning water heater can quickly turn into a serious safety hazard. Whether a strange odor is present or the appliance is leaking, attempting to fix the issue yourself is never a good idea. If your water heater is on the fritz, you will need to call a professional plumber to come out and have a look at it.
Burst pipes and a clogged sewer line are also plumbing issues that should be dealt with by a highly trained professional. If your home is experiencing a plumbing malfunction that is beyond your DIY expertise, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you.