Homeowners often try to fix problems to the best of their abilities to save time and money, but when it comes to plumbing, they can sometimes make the issue worse. Plumbing professionals have the tools and expertise to diagnose and fix a problem before it spiralsout of control. Although it will cost you to have them come out, it's worth it to ensure that your system is functioning appropriately. Here are a few situations that call for a professional touch:
Think about your shower at home. Do you have a shampoo rack hanging from the showerhead? Do you regularly use the bathtub spout as a footrest? This is possibly one of the worst things to do because these fixtures cannot handle the amount of weight on them, and can snap off at the threads. If this happens, or you break one of your fixtures through some other method, call in an expert to assess the damage. With any luck, you won't have water spraying from the broken fixture, but if you do, you'll want an expert at your side to calmly and decisively handle the problem.
Super clogged toilet
It's no surprise that people flush items down the pipes that shouldn't be. Normally, in a clogged situation, a plunger is all that's needed. But what if the item that went down the drain was a toy, or a golf ball? Using a plunger in these instances can actually make the problem worse by moving the item further into the waste line. If you have a sneaking suspicion that your kids were being mischievous or are experiencing a super clog, it's time to call in a plumbing expert. They will remove the toilet and retrieve the item, solving your clog issue. Don't attempt to do this yourself. It likely won't be immediately clear how far down the item is, and plumbers have the tools necessary to navigate pipes, identify an obstacle and remove it.
Frozen, leaky or burst pipes
Pipes are complex pieces of infrastructure within a home. You can't really expect to take care of them with gum, duct tape and good luck. For nearly any pipe issue, it's best to call in a plumbing expert. If you detect a leak, for example, you may have to go through walls to reach it. Fortunately, a plumber can easily judge a leak's location, and bring tools like a welding torch to make repairs. This type of item isn't normally something you'll just find in your own toolbox. Similarly, frozen and burst pipes can cause chaos if handled incorrectly. A plumber can help remove the water and make necessary repairs to begin drying out your home.
Something like a faucet or showerhead may be easy enough to install on your own, but for the big boys like a septic tank, tub and other fixtures, rely on a plumber to get the job done. A leak may occur if a fixture isn't matched up correctly with its fittings, for example, and this can create a lot of cost to address the problem. Septic tanks are another big item that could benefit from an expert hand. Any issue with this appliance will create a big stink and will be difficult to handle by yourself. Plumbers can ensure that everything is installed correctly, and that any immediate items are fixed.
There are a wide variety of situations that necessitate professional assistance. When in doubt, call your local plumbing expert at Roto-Rooter.
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