Plumbing Problems Every Homeowner Deals With

When you own a residential or commercial property, sometimes there can be a plumbing issue. Some of these issues are minor such as a clogged toilet or...

When you own a residential or commercial property, sometimes there can be a plumbing issue. Some of these issues are minor such as a clogged toilet or a drain that doesn’t flow properly. These are things which can usually be fixed with a plunger or some drain cleaner. Or, you may have a drip that is constantly keeping you awake at night and needs the washer replaced. All these plumbing issues are more of an annoyance than anything and you can usually handle them yourself.

Too, if you do a routine inspection and catch the small problems before they become big ones, you can save yourself a lot of headaches. But what about the plumbing problems that start out as small but end up becoming big ones? Or if there is a plumbing emergency? At what point is DIY not the way to go but to call a professional plumber? Below are some common plumbing repair jobs and at what point you will need to call a professional plumber.

Dripping Faucet

A dripping faucet is not just annoying but it can raise your water bill too. One dripping faucet can waste hundreds of gallons of water literally right down your drain. The cause of a drip is when the water is turned off at the tap, a water-tight seal keeps water from running through the pipes and out the faucet. A washer, from constant wear and over time, can become either dislodged or torn. You can replace a washer yourself but sometimes the challenge isn’t worth the time and it’s better just to call a professional plumber. If the vale seat has become corroded, a more detailed repair job is needed as well as a professional. If your sink has a ceramic tap, or otherwise known as a canister or disc tap, the repair job is more complex. This is something that you shouldn’t try to repair yourself.

Running Toilet

If you have to constantly jiggle the handle on your toilet to get it to stop running, it’s time for a replacement of the inner works. When the flapper valve no longer fits properly, either the fill tube becomes loose or the float becomes imbalanced. You can usually repair this with a toilet repair kit. However, if you have replaced all the inner workings and the toilet still runs, then you may have a different problem. You could have a silent leak. To find out if you do, add a few drops of food color to the back tank. After 15-20 minutes, if there’s color in the bowl of the toilet you have a silent leak. You may need to call a plumber for further repairs.

Clogged Drain

When you run water into your tub, sink or toilet and it doesn’t go back out again, you have a clog. A lot of the time, a plunger can unplug the drain and the problem is solved. You can also use a commercial drain cleaner occasionally, but continued usage can damage your pipes. If you are having clogs on a continuous basis, then it’s time to call a professional plumber.

Leaky Pipe

A leaky pipe can not only be an unexpected disaster but it can cause a lot of damage as well. A leak usually appears at the joint of a pipe. Although you can use fitting compounds and commercial joint fillers for a temporary fix, you will need to eventually have the pipe or pipes replaced. Doing a repair job yourself isn’t necessarily a difficult job, but it can be a messy one. Having a professional plumber repair or place a pipe or pipes can save you both time and a headache.

There are some times when calling a plumber is something you don’t have to think twice about. This would be for installing new sinks, tubs or pipes. Or if you have a water heater problem or a leaking septic tank. Another reason would be if you have a sewer line that broke. You will also need to hire a plumber if you are building new construction which requires building permits.

There are some simple plumbing jobs that you can do yourself. But for the more complex jobs, always hire a professional plumber.

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