With a few readily available tools and a little Internet research, it's possible to tackle a number of common household plumbing jobs even if you don't have a lot of technical know-how. While dealing with a dripping shower head or plunging a toilet are simple enough for the novice do-it-yourselfer, there are other plumbing issues that are best left to a professional. It's ideal to scout out a reputable, experienced and licensed plumber in your community and keep his or her contact information handy. After all, time is of the essence when you're dealing with a plumbing problem. Here are three jobs that you should leave to a pro.
Toilet Won't Drain After Plunging
It might initially feel a little embarrassing to call a plumber about an issue with your toilet, but severe clogs that you can't fix yourself with a plumber can be a sign of something serious. If there's a blockage in your home's drain pipes, it could be anywhere between the toilet and where your home's drain pipe joins with the sewer. A licensed plumber can use a camera to identify the nature and location of the blockage and then use a high-pressure blast of water from a specialized device or a power auger to fix the problem.
Inconsistent Water Pressure
Having strong pressure at some fixtures in your home and weak pressure at other fixtures is an indicator that something's wrong with your home's network of pipes. Possible issues can include mineral buildup in one area or even a slow leak that has gone undiagnosed. Calling a plumber to look at the situation is ideal; he or she will be able to identify whether the issue is as simple as cleaning some mineral deposits out of the pipes running to certain fixtures or testing the pressure throughout the home to see if there's a leak. Trying to find -- and fix -- a leak is a job you don't want to deal with on your own, due to the extensive nature of the repair.
Slow Draining Throughout Home
Although the problem is often localized when one fixture doesn't drain quickly, it's a concern if you find that several of your fixtures have begun draining slowly. Although many factors can cause this situation, this is symptomatic of a clogged sewer line -- the pipe that runs from your house to the sewer pipe buried beneath your street. Whether you're dealing with a sizable clog or tree roots that have gradually impeded the line, this is a job that is definitely best for the professional.
For more information, contact Clearwater Plumbing or a similar company.Share