Gaining DIY skills is an excellent way to save money on home repairs and projects. But, there are some tasks that are probably better left to professionals, and we believe that certain plumbing issues firmly fall into that category. If you attempt to tackle certain plumbing tasks without adequate knowledge, appropriate experience, and the wrong tools, you can easily make the problem far worse. A minor issue can quickly become a major problem, and this could even result in flooding and water damage that will be expensive to fix. In this article, we will look at four plumbing issues that are best left to a professional plumber.
- Persistent Clogs
Any clog in your drains can be annoying, but a persistent clog that returns over and over again is particularly vexing. There are many commercial clog removal products available, but most of them contain caustic chemicals that are nasty to use, and they can damage your pipes. The best way to remove a clog is manually, sometimes this can be easily done with a simple plunger, but if the clog returns there could be a larger underlying issue to fix. The sewer line itself could be clogged, and you will need to contact a professional plumber to remove the clog once and for all. They will have specialized tools to break up the clog and manually remove it without damaging your plumbing pipes.
- Locating a Water Leak
Sometimes, it obvious that you have a water leak; there could be a puddle of water under a sink or a damp patch in the laundry area. But, there will be times when the water leak is far less obvious, and it will be extremely hard to locate. If you’ve noticed that your water bill is higher than it should be or you turn off every tap and appliance only to discover that the water meter is still moving you may have a leak. Over time, even a small water leak can cause a great deal of water damage, and it may even promote the growth of mold and mildew in your home. A professional plumber will be able to locate it any hidden water leaks and fix them for you.
- Lower Water Pressure
If you’ve noticed that the water pressure in your sinks, tubs, and showers are lower than normal, then you need to contact your municipality or water supply company. There may be ongoing work in your area that’s affecting your water pressure, or the problem could be in your own home. A blockage somewhere in your plumbing system or a hidden leak could be affecting your water pressure, and a professional plumber can find the problem and fix it.
- Strange Odors
If there is a strange smell coming from your taps or drains, it could be a sign that you have a sewage backup in your plumbing system. This should only be tackled by a plumbing professional, and you need to call out your local plumber immediately. Stay away from any puddles or standing water as it could contain toxic and/or hazardous waste contaminants that are harmful to health.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solution.