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The DIY culture is strong in today’s world, and homeowners feel a lot of pressure to take care of home repair issues on their own. From HGTV to everyone chatting around the water cooler about their home improvement projects, it has gone out of style to call a professional to help you with your home repair. However, there are still some tasks that are better left to a plumbing professional, unless you enjoy spending money and time only to create a bigger mess that will require professional help in the end. Before you launch into your next fix-it project, you may want to read over this handy guide of when a plumber should be consulted.
We get it, after all, everyone likes to save money, and learning to fix things around your house can be a lot of fun, but when your projects turn into disasters the fun stops. Changing a sink washer is a much different job than attempting to replace your entire water heater on your own, and if you mess up one, you will be spending a lot more money. The following are a few tasks that you should never attempt to handle on your own. Even if you are spirited and determined, do yourself a favor and call a Denton, TX plumbing professional.
Do you have a drain in your home that you avoid using because it’s clogged? A lot of homeowners are tempted to buy drain cleaners from their local hardware store, but this is actually a terrible idea long-term. The problem is the chemical cleaners are unable to determine the difference between your piping and the clog. In a lot of cases, they will eat away the clog, but they will also eat away the sides of your piping as well leading you to need a new plumbing system sooner than later. It is always better to let a plumber handle a clog than create a more expensive repair down the line.
If your toilet is overflowing your first impulse is probably to grab a plunger. However, if that doesn’t work after five to ten minutes you have an issue that you should consult a plumbing professional about. In addition, if the plunger does work but you find yourself dealing with a flooding toilet on a regular basis it is probably time to call in a professional. Keep in mind that there is a shut-off valve near the back of your toilet bowl for this reason. If you can’t stop the flooding, turn off the valve and call for help.
Hopefully, it goes without saying that a burst pipe requires help from a professional plumber, but if you aren’t sure, the answer is always yes. A burst pipe is Is one of the largest flood damage culprits in a home with plumbing issues. If a pipe burst in your home you need to immediately turn off the water and then call for help from a plumber. A plumbing professional needs to figure out why the break occurred because if it’s a pressure problem you could have another burst pipe occur within just a few weeks or days.
Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure is another problem that is best diagnosed by a professional plumber. There are multiple reasons why you may have low water pressure in your home that may stem from your main water line to your water heater to even issues with the size of your home. You don’t want to waste your time or money attempting to repair the wrong problem. A plumber on the other hand can use their diagnostic tools to get to the root of the problem quickly so it can be solved effectively.
Leaking Water Heater
A leaking water heater is a major problem because it cannot be repaired in most cases. Usually, if your water heater is leaking it is because there is a small hairline fracture that will only continue to grow over time. If this is the case it needs to be replaced, and only a professional plumber should handle the task. In some cases, a booth fixture or connection might be the cause of the leak in which case tightening them could help. This is an issue a plumbing professional would rule out before suggesting replacement.
More times than not a dripping faucet is not something that can be fixed with a replacement washer. While you can certainly try that first if it doesn’t work then it’s time to call the plumber. There is a reason why so many people get annoyed with faucets because they are intricate structures that don’t always have apparent solutions. If the fixture is older then it may be best to just completely replace it whereas a newer fixture may just need some adjustments to stop the leak.
No Hot Water
If you wake up to a house without hot water then the problem is clearly stemming from your water heater. Water heaters are complex and it takes a plumbing professional to figure out if the appliance can be replaced or repaired. If it does need to be repaired you want to let a professional handle it as proper installation can affect the lifespan of your appliance. A hot water heater is an investment, and you want to make sure you protect it.
No Water Period
The only thing worse than no hot water is no water period. This indicates something is wrong with your water main and should only be addressed by a plumbing professional who can deal with city zoning and utility regulations. bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of North Dallas serves the greater Denton, TX region and can help you with any plumbing issue. If you are experiencing any of the above problems, give us a call and we will send a plumber out to your Denton, TX home.