Being handy around the home with tools is a great way to keep your home maintained on a budget. Acquiring DIY tools and the skill to use them is a worthwhile goal, but there are certain tasks that are best left to professionals. The is especially true when you consider the intricacies of plumbing work. When you’re carrying out plumbing tasks, it can be very easy to make the problem you’re trying to fix much worse. Water leaks and flooding can have a very damaging effect on your home that will cost a lot of money to fix. Also, there are times when you may need an expensive and extremely specialized tool to get the job done and then you may never use it again. So, how do you know when it’s time to relent and call out a professional plumber?
A Consistent Clog
Drain clogs are a real nuisance that many homeowners will have to deal with from time to time. There are drain cleaning products on the market, but these contain harmful chemicals that can damage your pipes. It may be the case that you remove a clog only to have a recurrence later on, and when this happens, you need to call a plumber. This is known as a consistent clog; it could occur in the same place or even in multiple locations at the same time. This is a sign that there is an underlying problem that needs to be fixed. The sewer line could be clogged, or you may need a comprehensive drain cleaning service to get your drains clean and ready to use.
Sometimes a leak may be obvious, you may be able to hear it, or there could be a small puddle to indicate where the leak is. This is not always the case. Sometimes leaks, especially smaller leaks, can be very difficult to locate. You may notice some signs of water damage on your walls or ceilings, but the cause of the leak could be somewhere else. Over time a great deal of damage that will be expensive to fix could occur, and you may even experience unhealthy mold growth in your home. A professional will have the experience and equipment to locate the leak quickly and fix it fast.
Lowered Water Pressure
If the water pressure drops in your shower or sinks, it could mean that you need to call your municipality or water supply company. Perhaps there is an issue that’s localized to your area, and your neighbors have also been affected. Low water pressure could also be a sign that you have a blockage located in your plumbing or there may be a pipe leak to fix.
If you can smell a strange unpleasant sewage odor in your home, you should call on a plumber immediately. This is a strong sign that you have a sewage backup in your home and this should be fixed by a professional plumber
. These conditions are dangerous and hazardous to health, avoid any puddles or standing water that has accumulated as they may contain hazardous and toxic waste material.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solution.