Don't Attempt These Plumbing Tasks On Your Own

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Hiring a plumber to make repairs tends to be a common occurrence for most homeowners as the years pass. While it’s virtually impossible to completely avoid the need for a professional plumber’s services, there are some things you can do to minimize wear and tear on your plumbing system so it doesn’t succumb to the need for repairs often. Using low-flow aerators on your sink faucets and shower heads as well as insulating your exposed pipes before winter can make a big difference in your plumbing’s performance. On this website you’ll find many tips and tricks that can be used to keep your plumbing in good shape, and even to save yourself some money on water costs throughout the year.

Don't Attempt These Plumbing Tasks On Your Own

27 September 2019
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Have a plumbing problem that you think you can fix by yourself? If so, you may want to bring in a professional to get the job done. Plumbing problems can be much harder to tackle than you think. Here are some tasks that you will be better off bringing in a professional to fix than doing it on your own.

Sewer Line Clog Cleaning

Do you have some sort of clog in your main sewer line that is causing water to back up into your home? You may be tempted to go to the local home improvement store and rent the tools needed to unclog the line. Unfortunately, it is a lot harder to unclog a sewer line than renting the right tools for the job.

A plumber is going to use a sewer camera to see in the line and actually see what the clog is. They'll be able to identify if the clog is due to tree roots or if it is caused by some other reason like a collapsed pipe. This will help them identify the true problem and fix it correctly.

If the problem is tree roots, the plumber will know approximately how far into the pipe they are located and what techniques will be used to break through the tree roots and get the water flowing again. In the case of a collapsed pipe, the plumber will need to replace the damaged section of pipe, which is much harder to do. Expect to excavate your backyard so that the pipe can be reached and replaced with new material.

Drain Cleaning

Have a clogged sink, bathtub, or toilet that you can't seem to fix on your own? It could be due to you making mistakes that are making the problem worse. It all starts with using the right plunger for the job. Many people use a cup plunger on a toilet, which is not getting the right seal around the base to push the clog through. The same can be said about using a toilet flange plunger on a sink, which doesn't provide the suction needed to form a tight seal.

Homeowners often make the mistake of using clog dissolving chemicals on the drain, which can make the problem worse with homes that have old plumbing. Those chemicals can cause the pipes to deteriorate, which will lead to a messy and expensive leak that needs to be repaired. Call a plumber and have them take care of the clogged drain for you.

For more information, contact a residential plumbing service in your area.