When To Call A Plumber
Whether you own a home or rent, there’s one thing that’s a simple fact of life. At some point, you will have plumbing problems, and you will need to call a plumber. However, there are some plumbing problems that you can fix yourself. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to tell which is which, leading to some people trying to fix problems that they should really be calling a professional for, and other people calling a professional when they can take care of it themselves.
So what are the different kinds of problems, and which ones can you get away with fixing on your own? There are a number of problems that are relatively simple to fix, though if you’re not careful you could cause more damage. Sill, it’s a good idea to know what you can do on your own, and what you can’t. And of course, attempting to fix any plumbing problem is predicated on the fact that you know simple tool use. Not everyone does, and if you’re not comfortable using hand tools, you might want to avoid trying to fix your own plumbing problems at all.
That said, one of the most common plumbing problems is a leaky pipe. When you look under the sink, or at water pipes in the basement, you find that one of the pipes is dripping water. This is a relatively simple fix. Grab a pipe wrench, and simply attempt to tighten the pipes. Leaky pipes are often caused by nothing more than the pipes becoming a bit loose. This happens from time to time, due to the change of weather from warm to cool, and back again. As things head up, objects expand. As they cool down, objects contract. This means that it’s quite simple to come slightly loose.
However, if your pipes are leaking from the middle as opposed to from the connections, then you’ll need to call a plumber. Pipes leaking from the body instead of the connections means that they’ve become corroded. Such a pipe needs to be replaced, and that should only be done by a professional.
Another common plumbing problem is a clogged toilet or sink drain. There are two simple fixes for this problem. One is to grab a plunger, and attempt to plunge the drain. The plunger will create a vacuum, pushing down and then sucking up air in order to loosen the clog.
If that doesn’t work, there are tools referred to as snakes. Snakes are long, flexible cords with a drill bit on the end. You shove the cord down the drain, and then twirl it in order to use the drill bit to cut through and gather up the gunk that’s clogging the drain. If neither of these work, however, then it’s time to call a professional.
There are other common plumbing problems, but these are the two most common ones. If you find yourself dealing with them, don’t panic. Chances are, you can deal with it yourself. If you can’t, though, there’s no shame in calling a professional. That’s what they do for a living, after all.