DIY is an admirable skill, but plumbing is not one of the many skills you might want to try. Plumbing is a lot more intricate than fixing a leaky faucet or installing new fixtures. A dripping pipe can lead to mold, bacteria growths, and even structural damage in your house. When you notice any of these signs it’s time for a call to the professionals. Here are 4 plumbing problems that are best handled by the pros.
1. Frozen Pipes
Water expands when it freezes. When it does, it can burst pipes and cause major damage to your home. You should turn off the water supply that runs to the affected pipe, call a plumber to fix the problem, and then wait for everything to thaw out before you turn the water back on.
2. Broken Pipes
Broken pipes are a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Especially if they’re the ones who broke the pipe. But, it happens to the best of us, and when it does happen, there’s nothing you can do but call a professional.
Fortunately, you don’t have to go too far for help: many plumbers offer 24-hour emergency services for this very problem. It may be more expensive than if you called them during regular business hours, but it will be worth your while to save your house from water damage.
Hiring a professional is even more crucial if those broken pipes run under the slab foundation of your home. Attempting to fix these yourself is likely to cost you not just your time, but much more money than hiring a pro in the first place.
3. Sewer Backup
When a sewer pipe leaks, it can be a major problem. Sewer backup is one of the most common causes of mold in the home. The sewage contains toxins that are harmful if inhaled or ingested. You can find out if your home has a leaky pipe by checking your drains for signs of water running into them while they’re supposed to be draining. To avoid this problem, you should have your pipes professionally inspected on an annual basis.
4. Drain Cleaning
Drain cleaning is one of the most common plumbing services. If you notice that your drains are clogged and you’re not sure what to do, call a plumber. Some companies, like Countryside, know how frustrating this sort of thing can be.
Drain cleaning isn’t a cheap service but it is a necessary one. If your drains are clogged and dirty, water (and perhaps sewage) will back up into your home. Hiring a pro to handle this ensures that not only are your drains thoroughly cleaned but that any issues causing the drains to clog are resolved.
For these issues, the best course of action is to call a professional service provider. They have the experience and tools needed to not only fix the problem but address the root cause so it doesn’t happen again. In addition, a professional service provider can also educate you on how to take preventive measures so you can avoid these problems in the future.
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