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You can probably do simple plumbing repairs yourself, but how do you know when you should call a plumber? When you think you’re more likely to make a situation worse and it could lead to long-term expenses, it would be a good idea to get a professional to assist you with repairs.
It’s sometimes a good idea to get an expert for even a small plumbing repair job, as they will have the expertise and the specialized tools to fix it correctly. During the visit, they may also notice other issues that could alert you to a bigger problem developing.
Professional plumbers use advanced tools such as pressure testers, blowtorches, pipe benders, radiators, plungers, and different types of spanners and wrenches. These tools help them to perform accurate inspections and repairs.
If you are not sure whether your issue requires an expert or not, here are some signs that you should call a plumber to have a look.
If you have no water at all, it could be a serious problem, like a blockage in your main supply lines. Check the water supply throughout your house, as well as the cold and hot water supplies. If you are getting cold water, but no hot water, there could be a problem with the water heater.
In a worst-case scenario, the buried pipeline which leads to your house from the streetside water meter could have burst. Call a professional to do an assessment.
It’s best to call a plumber if you have low water pressure as well. There could be a pipe obstruction, or your neighborhood could be experiencing water supply issues. If you can hear water running through your pipes when you’re not using any, it could also mean you have a leak somewhere.
If a drain cleaner doesn’t unblock your pipes, you’ll need to call a plumber. Never try to repair a broken or blocked sewer line yourself, as it could lead to sewage pouring into your property, creating an expensive and stressful problem.
Burst pipes can happen after a cold spell when the water has frozen and then expands when thawing out. It can be difficult to find the leak, and damage can be severe. A plumber will be able to find the problem quickly and fix the leak more efficiently.
When a water line bursts it can trigger major flooding, and you’ll need to act fast. First look for water supply cut-off valves near the leak that will shut off the water to it. If you can’t find one, shut off your home’s main water supply. Then find a plumber who can help you immediately.
You should also suspect a blocked sewer line when you see pools of murky, foul-smelling water forming in your yard. Another indication of a blocked line is when your toilets fill while you are running the sink, or if your bathtub fills with wastewater.
A functioning sewer line is essential for your house, as it’s the only line that carries your home’s wastewater out from showers, sinks, toilets, and washing machines. A plumber can do a video inspection of the sewer line to find the problem. If the line is too badly damaged, it may have to be dug up and replaced.
It’s fairly simple to fix a leak in the kitchen or bathroom sink that drains from below the counter. In a kitchen, it’s possible that this leak might be coming from your garbage disposal, which may have to be fixed or replaced.
If more complicated drainage leaks are under a floor or behind a wall, it’s best to get a plumber immediately.
It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to plumbing issues. Contact a professional plumber for assistance when you suspect a serious issue at your house. It’s not worth your while to try and fix something yourself and then end up with long-term problems and expenses.