The world is moving towards the do-it-yourself lifestyle to cut cost. This is a welcome development but plumbing is a very delicate area that you should not just tackle without adequate knowledge, experience and tools. You may eventually make the situation worse.
Furthermore, every location has its plumbing codes. Do you know the ones for your area? If your plumbing installations are not in line with the codes in your area, you could be fined. Of course, there are so many blogs and YouTube videos educating people on how to handle plumbing issues but they all give general tips. You can’t rely on them totally because the plumbing situation in every home is unique.
To offer you a middle ground, this article outlines the plumbing issues that you must call a plumber for. You can handle the other little tasks on your own.
When to call a plumber
These issues are complicated and they require a lot of experience, skills, and sophisticated equipment. In addition, they bother on the safety and integrity of your home.
1. Leaks in your sewer line
Finding out the leakage point in a sewer line is a very tedious task that requires certain tools, let alone fixing the leaks. What makes it even more complicated is that there may be multiple leaks involved. Do you think you can handle it? Absolutely not. So, when you suspect that you have leaks in your sewer line, it is better to call a professional. Don’t “give it a DIY shot”.
2. Pipe or septic tank leaks
You may be able to handle leaks on the visible parts of your pipes easily not on the ones that are buried in your walls. You can easily make it worse. In such situation, finding and gaining access to the leaking point are both as difficult as fixing the leaks. You should not meddle with that kind of plumbing issues. This is applicable to leaks in your septic tank too.
3. Water heater issues
Are you aware that many manufacturers now void the warranty on their product once they find out that it has been handled by an uncertified technician? You don’t want to void the warranty on your water because you are trying to save cost. Water heater is not just a plumbing fitting; it is also an electrical appliance. So, wrong connection could lead to electrical faults.
Now, what if after spending several hours on it, you were unable to fix it and you had to call a professional who detected a manufacturer defect but your request for a replacement was declined because it was discovered that you have tampered with it? You don’t want to be in that situation. So, call a professional when your heater stops working.
4. Plumbing installations
It is also important to call an expert for the installation of new water heater, new pipes, new sinks, or new tubs. You may not see the effect of any wrong installation immediately. Besides, the installation of any device could make or mar its performance.
Apart the faults listed above, you can try your DIY skills on smaller plumbing issues like faucet replacement and clogged drain. In addition, here are few tips to apply.
• Remember that in plumbing, similar parts may be different from each other. So, always take the parts to be replaced to the store where you want to buy the replacement parts to avoid buying wrong parts.
• Always turn off the water main before embarking on any repair.
• If you are confused on what to do, don’t gamble. Call a pro. Trial by error often leads to a worse situation.
• If you lack the equipment to fix any issue, you probably should not fix it on your own.
In conclusion, if cost is not a constraint, it is always better to hire a professional for every plumbing issue. A pro will not only fix the issue, he’ll find out the cause and advise you on how to prevent it. In addition, he’ll also take some preventive measures.