If you're on a tight budget, you probably want to save as much money on home maintenance as possible. You might have even started taking care of some of the repairs by yourself. While taking care of minor household repairs can be a good way to save money, there are some repairs that should be left to the professionals. This is particularly true when it comes to plumbing problems. Here are four plumbing emergencies that should be left to the professionals.
Decreased Water Pressure
If you've got water pressure trouble in one faucet, it might be a problem with the aerator filter. Remove the tip of the faucet, clean the aerator screen, and replace it. That should take care of the problem. However, if you're lacking water pressure in all of your faucets, you've got a problem that will require a plumber. Decreased water pressure throughout the house could be caused by several things, including low water pressure from the main line or a damaged water line near the street. Both of these issues will require professional assistance.
Lack of Hot Water
If your hot water suddenly stopped flowing, the first thing you should do is ensure that the gas or electricity is getting to your water heater. If your water heater is electric, check the meter to make sure that the power is on. If your water heater is gas, make sure that the gas supply to your home has not been interrupted. If neither of those issues are the cause your problem, contact your plumber as soon as possible. There are a number of problems that could cause your water heater to stop producing hot water, including a damaged thermocouple or sediment inside the tank.
Sewer Line Clogs
If you're being plagued with clogs, and you've tried every trick in the book to get rid of them, the problem might be with the main sewer lines to your home. Things like ruptured sewer lines, tree roots, and even clogs located beyond the foundation will require a plumber's expertise.
Frozen Water Pipes
If you experience frozen pipes this winter, you might be able to thaw them out with a blow dryer or a heating pad. This is particularly true if the frozen section is located near the exterior wall or under your cabinets. However, if the frozen pipes are located in the attic, or if the pipes have begun to bulge, shut the water off and contact a plumber. The bulging is a sign that your pipes are about to rupture, which could lead to serious water damage inside your home.
Do-it-yourself projects are a great way to save money. However, if you're experiencing any of the plumbing problems described above, leave the repairs to a professional plumber. If you have more questions, talk to a plumber like those at Diamond Head Plumbing Inc.Share
4 October 2016
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