When to Hire a Plumber and When to Fix it Yourself!
When the plumbing time comes up, you are sure to know. The only way to install and repair plumbing legally and safely at home is to hire a licensed plumber. But when do you need to hire a plumber? And how do you find the best for the job?
Knowing when to hire a plumber can save you money in the long run. Hire a plumber when the problem is enormous and requires experience to fix, and when there is an increased risk of doing more harm than good.
When such situations arise, it is best to call a licensed professional plumber. So if you know a good plumber in your area, keep the name and number handy in case of an emergency.
The low water pressure throughout the home: This problem may be caused by numerous factors, such as the barriers (rust or residues) in the water pipes; supplying water from a low-pressure location, or even poorly designed transmission. A good plumber will be able to analyze problems and determine the cause.
No hot water: Unless the hot water tank is leaking, it can be difficult to determine the cause. Electric heating problems include heaters, circuit breakers or fuses, overload thermostat, faulty or defective switch. Gas heater problems include thermocouple burners and igniters.
Replacing the Water Heater: Think twice before replacing the heater by yourself. Remember, a plumber can take the new one to the basement and then make sure they are working properly, and dispose of the old one.
Sewer line stoppage: If you cannot get sewer lines to stop the backup, you probably have a bad plug on the line that goes to the main sewer. (The roots of trees are often the cause.) You can rent a large sewer rodding machine, but they can damage sewer lines or sewage. Call a plumber or drain cleaning services. If they make any mistake, they will make adjustments.
Frozen pipes: If the pipe is frozen, carefully check whether the pipeline is already broken or cracked. If it gets bad, go ahead and call a plumber. You can try to thaw pipes with a hair dryer, but even if the pipe is cracked, you can always call a plumber: Some plumbers simply replace part of cast iron pipes that freeze instead.
Significant water line damage: Repairing the damage to the water line, which is usually caused by frost can take a lot of your valuable time. It is better to pay a plumber so that you be rest assured to get a perfect work done.
While some small things can be fixed via DIY if you have even the smallest hint of being unsure it is better to call a professional. You wont regret it in the long run!