When to Call a Plumber
While many minor issues regarding persnickety toilets or leaky sinks can be resolved on your own, there are times when hiring a professional plumber is a necessity. Though the cost for plumbers can rise with the severity of the issue, it's a good idea to consider a professional when the integrity of your plumbing or house is at stake.
Some small clogs can be taken care of by yourself. If too much toilet paper has been put into the toilet, a simple plunger can do the trick. If a larger item has gotten into the toilet, such as small toy or a pair of socks (just for argument's sake), you may want to think about hiring a plumber. If you do not, attempting to plunge or snake out the objects or clogs may actually push them deeper into the toilet, creating a greater issue.
Replacing a Large Amount of Pipe
One section of pipe can normally be replaced by a savvy homeowner. When it comes to replacing several sections of pipe, though, things start to become a little complicated. A plumber can help you avoid any undesirable accidents, like water spraying all over the room. They can also consult you on the best, most cost-efficient pipes, as well proper pipe fittings and sealants.
Sometimes it takes more than a strong cleaner to maintain a drain. With all of the harsh chemicals available on the consumer market, it may be confusing as to what type to buy. In order to avoid this frustration, contacting a plumber may make all the difference. They will use only the strongest of cleaners that's right for your specific type of pipe. You won't risk damaging your pipes with a cleaner that's too harsh.
Garbage Disposal Systems
There are several parts to a garbage disposal; this may be a reason in itself to hire a plumber. If you make one small mistake on just a part of the drain or the system, the entire disposal may need to be replaced. This can be potentially get very expensive. To avoid any unforeseeable error, hire a plumber to come and look at it from the start.
If buried water lines burst or sewer liquids seep into the ground, they can come up as puddles in different parts of your home. When this messy problem presents itself, calling professional plumbing contractors is the only option. Digging up broken water lines will require the use of excavating equipment as well as permits to dig. The pipes are generally in the same location as other underground lines, especially natural gas lines, which pose a danger if they are hit by heavy equipment.
Plumbing contractors will also have a good knowledge of the local zoning and building codes required before a major excavation job is undertaken. For instance, when tree roots run into water and sewer lines or other obstacles, plumbing contractors are able to repair the damaged lines without causing additional problems you likely won't predict.
Hot Water Heater Installation
If your hot water heater breaks down and needs to be replaced, don't be tempted to save money by replacing it yourself. You won't be saving money in the long run if you make an expensive mistake. Hot water heater installation requires significant skill and multiple hook-ups to different water lines. Water heaters are either electric-powered or use natural gas. Working with either of these power sources is not for beginners. Plumbing contractors can expertly install the new water heater and make sure you have tight and accurate hook-ups to the correct line. They can also check for any lines that might need replacement or maintenance. The other benefit is they can haul away the old one, saving you the trouble.