While there are some DIY pluming repairs and maintenance that you can learn to do yourself, there are several plumbing concerns that require the expertise of a certified residential plumber. Even though the following plumbing issues are fairly common, they may be a sign of a larger plumbing issue that needs to be addressed by a professional. Next time the plumbing problems below occur, leave the repair to a professional.
Reoccurring Slow Drain
We all have occasional slow drains in the sink or bathtub, which are often fixed with a plunger, non-electric drain snake, or an over-the-counter drain de-clogger. While those are all acceptable ways of handling a slow drain, if your slow drain is a reoccurring problem, there may be a larger issue elsewhere in your line. If you have not yet added a drain catch, try doing so the next time you unclog the drain. If you need to address a slow drain more than once or twice a year, it is time to call a residential plumber.
Cracked and Leaking Pipes
Cracked and leaking pipes should only be replaced by a professional plumber. As simple as it might seem, there is a lot that can go wrong when replacing a portion of your plumbing lines. Not only do you have to get the right size, shape, and material, but you must ensure that you have the proper fittings. When changing the leaky pipe, your plumber will also inspect for the cause of the leak. The most common causes are frozen or burst pipes.
Low Water Pressure
Whether the change in pressure is gradual or rapid, it is likely a sign that there is a problematic area somewhere in your plumbing lines. Even if you do not mind the lower pressure, you will want to address the issue before it escalates into a larger repair. This includes low water pressure throughout your home, as well as low pressure found in one or two of your sinks or tubs.
Reoccurring Clogged Toilets, Or A Toilet That Requires Multiple Flushes
Every homeowner keeps a toilet plunger nearby for the occasional clogged toilet. That being said, if your toilet requires weekly or daily plunging, then there may be a larger issue in your sewer lines. Even if you do not need to plunge your toilet, but find yourself flushing your toilet multiples times after each use, you may have a larger issue with water pressure, or in your sewer lines.
Boiler or Hot Water Heater
Whether it’s ongoing maintenance, a leak, or any other type of repair, all boiler concerns should be left in the hands of an experienced plumber. Boilers are extremely complex and require special tools and equipment in order to repair. Not to mention they can be quite dangerous. From the hot water, to electrical wiring, to gas lines, boilers present multiple safety hazards and should only be repaired by a professional.
Installing A New Sink Or Toilet
If you have decided to upgrade or replace your sink or toilet, then it is time to call a professional. If these items are not installed properly, leaking can occur—often in areas that are not immediately visible. Using a professional plumber will ensure that the proper fittings are used, and will inspect your connecting lines during the install. You may even want to call a plumber when switching out faucets or showerheads, especially if you are replacing with a much different style. You should also use a professional plumber when replacing your dishwasher or washing machine.
Aside from the repairs above, keep an eye out for any signs of change. For example, if your water bill spikes drastically, it may be a sign that you have a leak that has gone undetected. Discoloration on walls, as well as dripping or warping walls may also be a sign of a hidden leak. And don’t forget to schedule periodic plumbing inspections, even if nothing seems to be of concern.
If you are trying to decide whether or not to call a professional plumber, then contact the friendly and experienced staff at Mister Sewer. The professionals at Mister Sewer can help you to solve all your plumbing needs! Call today at 412-835-2135.