Plumbing is one of those household maintenance tasks that people think they can do on their own. Often times though, that isn't really the case. Plumbing is one of the more complicated and costly maintenance issues that homeowner's face. Do you know when it is time to call a plumber or when you can do it yourself? Here are a few tips to help you make that decision.
Slow or Clogged Drains
One of the most common reasons a plumber is often called is when a drain slows down or is clogged. Many times something has been wedge down in there or an accumulation of hair can cause the issue. Most people will head to the hardware store and buy an over-the-counter product to see if that will do the trick. For minor clogs, it will. A simple preventative measure is to place a silver mesh cover over your drains. Most often than not though, this is one of those times when it is safer to call in a professional plumber. They can use air pressure to dislodge a clog, can fix a damaged pipe, or troubleshoot a larger issue.
Troubleshooting a running toilet is the first step. Before calling the plumber, replace the flapper, float apparatus, and fill tube. If that doesn't fix the issue, you could have sediment on the flushing mechanism that a plumber will need to replace.
Low Water Pressure
The first thing you want to do is call the water company and inquire if there are any water main issues, as this is the most common cause of low water pressure. If the low water pressure has been occurring over time, look at your filtration system and change out the filters and aerators that can develop mineral deposits on them, such as calcium. A simple way to clean shower heads and bathroom faucets is to attach a plastic bag filled with white vinegar and let it soak overnight. If the water pressure is still low, it is time to call a plumber as this could be the symptom of a larger leak or break in a pipe. If the water pressure occurs suddenly, then call a plumber right away as it typically signifies a larger issue than a quick vinegar fix!
Always Call A Plumber For These Situations
Sometimes it is just easier to pick up the phone and have a professional plumber do tasks that are complicated or dangerous.
- Sewer line or septic tank breaks, leaks, or issues
- Installations of new pipes, sinks, tubs, or water heaters
- New construction on a home or business