It might be true that your DIY projects have gone pretty well for the most part, but what about when it comes to plumbing? Plumbing problems are far more complicated and mistakes can be terribly costly (damaged pipes, water flooding your house, etc.) when compared to a misplaced screw or the wrong sandpaper grit. Regardless of your impressive list of handyman skills, here are six plumbing issues that are best left to the professionals:
- Pipe Leaks. A leaking pipe should never be something you tackle on your own, for a variety of reasons. Accessing the pipe alone is an ordeal, as the problematic pipe may be behind a wall, or in the ceiling or floor. This means you need expert judgment and techniques when deconstructing your home, so that the problem can be found and fixed, and reassembly can take place with the least amount of work and damage as possible—not to mention that your wall, ceiling, or floor may need time and the right tools to dry properly.
- Burst or Frozen Pipes. Pipes that have frozen aren’t your average “thaw it out with a hair dryer” issue. The water that was once liquid expanded upon freezing, which means that your pipes are damaged, and it’s possible your home could flood once they thaw. A plumbing professional will be able to assess your pipes and create a thawing plan that will prevent as much damage as possible. In emergency cases where your pipe has done the unthinkable and the flood is happening as we speak, you’ll need a plumber to assist you in water removal, proper drying, and repairs.
- Hefty Toilet or Drain Clogs. As a drain or toilet clog develops, the pressure on the associated plumbing becomes increasingly more forceful. Removing larger-than-normal clogs using traditional methods, such as with a plunger or drain-cleaning fluids, has the potential to harm the plumbing and cause leaks. You know you’re dealing with one of these damaging clogs when several attempts to plunge the sink or toilet doesn’t have any effect. At that point, you need to call a plumber to ensure the overall best scenario for your hardware.
- Endlessly Running Toilet. This plumbing problem can be maddening, especially if you’ve tried making various adjustments to no avail. To save yourself time and frustration, it’s best to call a professional plumber to assess the functionality of your toilet. They will be able to decide if it is indeed a simple valve issue, or if there is an underlying problem that needs to be addressed.
- Water Heater Problems. Water heaters introduce a whole new aspect to plumbing problems with heating elements and electrical systems. As these components are sensitive and have the potential to be dangerous, the best thing to do is call a professional—you’ll be relaxing in a warm bath in no time.
- Wimpy Water Pressure. Your water pressure may be low for any number of reasons, from a pipe leak to a bad clog. For an efficient and safe fix, call a plumber. It’s highly beneficial to have a professional evaluate the situation to prevent any potential damage down the road.
At True-Pros we know that plumbing accidents can happen, and can cause a lot of damage. If you are looking for a plumber that you can trust to ensure that plumbing problems are minimized, trust the professionals at True-Pros! We are committed to helping our customers have a satisfactory experience, with minimal damage on all plumbing repairs and maintenance!
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