Do you really need to hire a plumber? Maybe your plumbing problems aren’t that bad. Perhaps there’s a DIY solution you can try.
If that’s what you think, you’d better be right. Home plumbing issues can be disastrous if you don’t call a plumber when you need to. And by disastrous, we mean they can flood your home with water or even sewage.
Today, we’re going to help you avoid such a calamity with this guide. Below, we list several residential plumbing issues that require urgent professional help. Read through this list carefully and always call a plumber for the following situations.
1. Water Leaking in the House
Is there water leaking in your house even though it’s not raining? Then you need to call a plumber right now. Such leaks can quickly cause thousands of dollars worth of water damage.
But before you call, you must locate your home’s water shutoff valve and turn off your water. This is usually located in the vicinity of your water heater. While you wait for the plumber, remove the excess water and dry your house out as well as you can.
2. Water Won’t Turn On
Is your water pressure very low? Or does the water not come out at all?
Then, first, check that the shutoff valve is open. If that’s not the problem, call a plumber.
Also, call your water company. Even if they don’t know the cause, it’s important to report this to them. It could be that the water main leading to your house is damaged or severed.
3. Sewage Backup or Bad Odors From Drains
This should go without saying but if sewage/drain water starts coming up from the drains, call an emergency plumbing service. If you don’t, the backup can overflow your sinks and toilets and start flooding into your home.
A precursor to this catastrophe is a smell like dirt or feces coming from the drains. The smell might also come from your lawn along with pools of water or sewage. This indicates a blocked or broken sewer line.
However, if the smell is only coming from one drain, it might be a minor buildup of organic matter rotting in the drain. In this case, you can try some natural remedies to clear the drain out. But if that doesn’t work, call the plumber.
4. Installing an Appliance
Lastly, amateurs should never attempt to install any appliance that connects to the water supply. This includes water heaters and water softeners. Have these installed professionally.
However, you should be fine to install appliances that attach to a single sink, like a garbage disposal. For example, anyone with a few common tools and no experience can follow this garbage disposal installation guide. And any mistakes you make are easy to fix because the appliance is so accessible.
Do You Need to Hire a Plumber?
Never attempt DIY solutions for the issues above. Remember the guidelines above and always hire a plumber for these situations.
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