Usually, every household has some essential tools that are necessary for doing small repairs. Problems with electricity and plumbing happen from time to time and oftentimes they cannot be prevented. Naturally, with time items decay and they have to be changed sooner or later.
An issue like a clogged drain is probably something that you can take care of yourself so there really isn’t a need to contact professionals. However, if you are not a handy person, it might be for the best to leave everything as it is and call a plumber. If you don’t know what you are doing, you might do more harm than good, and end up with an even bigger jam than it was initially.
We all like to think of ourselves as jacks of all trades, but often time, we are not. In this article, we are going to focus on plumbing failures that demand professional fixing and tell you about some situations in which you should call emergency plumbers.
Before we begin, there is one thing that we have to tell. If you have just moved to a new house or apartment, one of the first things that you have to do, after you have settled in, is to find a plumber.
When this type of problem occurs, it can easily turn into a disaster, and you will not have time to search for this service, so you might end up with someone who isn’t as good as they present themselves to be. Because of this, make sure to find a plumber who will not only have the job done quickly and professionally but also someone you can actually afford.
Let’s start with something that you should do on a regular basis – maintenance. The only way to locate the problem on time and to prevent a major catastrophe is to inspect the installations every once in a while.
Some pipe might be cracked and the water could be slowly leaking. Even though your home might not end up flooded, water damage is also a serious issue. It can cause the mold in the plaster and the discoloration of your beautiful wooden floors. Due to this, you should call your plumber and schedule a maintenance check-up every few months.
Even though it sounds like something that can be repaired fairly easy, fixing dripping faucets can sometimes require a professional touch. Have you ever tried falling asleep with this disturbing sound? Oftentimes, it is an impossible mission.
Besides, if you have been having this problem for a longer period of time, your water bill is going to increase drastically, which means that you will be literally throwing money down the drain. Usually, you can change those rubber or silicone washers on your own. However, sometimes this can turn out to be a challenge of its own if you do not possess the right tool. If you want to keep your sanity, just hire a professional, and he is going to fix this failure in minutes.
Another common problem is low water pressure. Unless you have a filtration system installed, this is something that you are going to be faced with sooner or later. As you know, the water consists of minerals that over time can cause the limestone which can be found on the inside of pipes, showerheads, faucet aerators, and so on.
Usually, this issue can easily be solved by unscrewing these and cleaning them with the vinegar solution. However, if you have already done this, and the problem is still present, then it is something more complex, and you need professional help.
The pipes that lead the water to your home might be damaged which means that instead of coming to your house, the water is freely flowing into the ground. This can cause some serious damage to the foundation of the building, which is why low water pressure is something that requires your immediate attention.
Furthermore, with time, debris accumulates in your drains and it can clog them partially or completely. This is another problem that is bound to happen at some point, and there is little you can do to avoid it. Of course, you should act while the drains are still partially clogged. Nowadays, there are numerous cleaners that you can use to clean the pipes. However, keep in mind that these consist of strong chemicals which means that if you use them often they can damage the pipes. Plus, these will not help you to permanently solve this failure, so if this has become a frequent occurrence it is time to contact a plumber.
Moreover, it is understandable not to have hot water if you have taken an hour-long shower, but if you notice the shortage of it in other situations, that might be a sign that something is not functioning properly. Obviously, one of the reasons may be that the tank isn’t big enough, but if you have had the same one for years and you have just started experiencing this issue recently, then it is time to hire an expert to find the problem.
If the water heater is ‘sweating’ i.e. dripping this can be the beginning of something more serious. This probably means that the tank is damaged and the last thing you need is a stream of water coming from the heater right on to bathroom floor. Let the plumber inspect the system, provide you with the assessment, and fix whatever it is causing this failure.
Finally, frozen pipes are another trouble that many households are faced with. This is something that can easily happen, especially if the winter is harsher than usual. Keep in mind that this is something that you shouldn’t try to deal with on your own unless you are a professional plumber of course. Yes, there are multiple guides and tips online that can help you thaw the pipes, but believe us, if you do something wrong they can crack or burst, and that is just a whole new problem. The best thing you can do is to hire a professional.
To sum up, in this article we have listed some failures that you might not be able to solve on your own. Make that call, just to be on the safe side.