Here is what you need to know before delving into pipe repairs.
When it comes to your plumbing system, it's hard to gauge which projects you can tackle and which you should leave to the professionals. For instance, anything that involves the excavation of your property usually needs to be handled by an experienced plumber. On the other hand, there are certain kinds of pipe repairs that are easier to fix than you think.
If you're looking to tackle residential plumbing repairs, it's important to take the proper precautions. Here is what you need to know before delving into pipe repairs:
Know where your shutoff valves are
Before any plumbing work or pipe repairs can be done, you must locate all of your shutoff valves. Your main water shutoff valve may be found in the basement or in a front room closet where the water supply main enters your home. Sometimes they are hidden behind access panels. Additionally, each water fixture has its own shutoff valves. Look beneath sinks and behind toilets to find them. To test these, shut them off individually. Sinks have both hot and cold water shutoff valves while toilets just have a cold water valve. It’s also a good idea to show every member of the family where the valves are and how to use them. Hopefully you'll never have an emergency that requires you to turn off the water valves, but it's always good to know exactly where it is, just in case.
Get to know your plumbing system
Different houses require different plumbing and drain systems based on size, type, build, etc. Before you dive into repairing your pipes, be sure to do some research on your house's plumbing. Then, you can more easily map out what needs to be done. The more knowledge you have, the less intimidating it will be. In addition, you'll be armed with the knowledge you need to fix anything that goes wrong.
Build your toolbox
You can't fix anything without the proper tools. Be sure to take a trip to the hardware store to stock up on anything you might need for proper pipe repair. If this is your first time buying tools at all, hardware stores have kits you can purchase that contain the basics to get you going. Feel free to ask an associate at your local store to help you find everything you need to repair your pipes. He or she should be able to make sure you won't have to come back to the store mid project.
Know when it's time to call a professional
Although there are many times when you can get something done yourself, it's good to know your limits. The last thing you want is to create a bigger mess than you already have. If something requires expensive tools or digging into the ground, you should leave that to a professional plumber. Experts will know how to go in and get the job done with ease. In addition, it can save you time, money and a headache.
If you're not sure whether you can do a job yourself, give us a call at Roto-Rooter. We have experienced plumbers on hand to help. They can also answer any of the questions you have. They'll be able to assess your situation and determine your next best step. If your job requires a professional, we can send someone out in a jiffy!
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