If you have a clogged drain or other simple plumbing problems, there are plenty of things you can do by yourself to remedy the situation. Between snaking out clogs in your bathroom sink or using a plunger on a stubborn toilet, you can keep your home’s plumbing running fairly smoothly most of the time. And yet, there are still some plumbing problems that are beyond the DIY skills of the average homeowner. As much as you may not want to admit it, there will be times when you will have to call a plumber. Of course, the trick is to be able to recognize those situations so you aren’t calling to schedule an expensive service call needlessly. With that said, here are just a few plumbing problems that will always call for a professional.
Frozen pipes are common in the winter—depending on your location—and while there seems to be plenty of home remedies that can fix the problem, you are simply better off calling a plumber instead. Most simple solutions such as using a hairdryer to thaw frozen pipes or wrapping plumbing with cloth insulation often aren’t enough to get water flowing through them again. Contact a licensed plumber before your frozen pipes burst and cause a much bigger and more expensive mess in your home.
A Blocked Sewer Line
According to Southern Plumbing (www.southernplumbing.com), sewer lines go far deeper than any drain in your kitchen or sink, and clogs are often too big and too deep to respond to the snakes, plungers and drain cleaners that you probably have in your home. If you suspect a clogged sewer line, a plumber will be able to diagnose the problem with a sewer camera and fix it before it backs up into your home. Once again, you should call a plumber before your relatively minor clog becomes a major costly mess.
Clogs that Don’t Respond to Simple Solutions
Most clogs in your bathroom sink can be fixed with what you have around your home. Plumbing snakes, plungers and the occasional drain cleaner will clear out the hair, oil and other substances that are plugging your drains. However, there may come a time when a seemingly simple clog will not respond to the usual solutions. Rather than continually pour a caustic chemical drain-cleaner down your drain, possibly damaging your pipes, contact a plumber to handle the situation. A licensed plumber will have the tools and expertise to find the best way to clear out the clog without damaging your plumbing.
Plumbing Problems that are Getting Worse
Perhaps the best time to call a plumber is when you have a plumbing problem that is getting worse no matter what you do to try to fix it. You could start with a minor clog that looks easy to fix yourself, but if that clog is too stubborn and starts causing your drains to back up, you could end up with a costly repair bill. It’s far cheaper to have a plumber fix a minor problem than have a general contractor replace burst pipes and repair water damage, so find a great licensed plumber in your area before things get out of hand.
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