There is always a temptation when problems occur at home to try and fix them yourself. While some issues, such as a clogged toilet, are perfectly safe to handle without any experience or training, others simply are not. Many times, fixing a problem yourself can lead to more issues and more expense further down the line.
In fact, getting these particular issues tended to by a professional is always the best first move. In this article, we are going to discuss some common plumbing problems that people often attempt home fixes for, and explain why they should definitely always be left to the professionals.
No Water Pressure?
A lack of water pressure, or even no water coming through your taps at all, can be a sign of various problems. This can occur in your bathroom sink, kitchen sink, shower, or bath. We spoke to the owner of a Placentia plumbing business about what the most common causes are. He told us that “Often, lower pressure can simply be caused by faucet aerators not being clean and clear. However, if this is not the issue and something more sinister is at play, we recommend calling in a professional to assess your entire water system.” So, if cleaning your faucet and its aerator doesn’t do the trick, it’s time to seek professional help. It could be that there are leaks, broken pipes, or blockages at the very core of your water system. Attempting to fix any of these yourself could lead to flooding and severe damage to your pipes.
Seriously Clogged Pipes
We’ve all seen, had, or dealt with clogged drains or pipes in our home. Often the bath or shower drain is clogged with hair or the kitchen sink accidentally filled with food. These issues can commonly be fixed with a drain snake or drain cleaner. They are simple blockages and can usually be pulled free without the need for professional intervention. However, sometimes blockages can develop and push down further into your piping system. If your shower, bath, or sink aren’t draining and you can’t unblock the drain yourself, stop there. Temptation could lead you to try taking some piping apart to try and find the blockage yourself, but we’d strongly recommend against doing so. Not only could you flood your home by undoing a drain pipe that is full, but you could also do permanent damage to the pipes or water lines. If the issue seems to be this deep within your pipes, call an emergency plumber straight away. They will use flexible scopes to look down your drains to figure out where the blockages are while figuring out the professional course of action for unblocking them.
No Hot WaterSometimes water temperature drops and we are left having to wash in a cold shower. This, while some might argue good for you, can be quite annoying. If your temperature just seems lower than it should be, it could be as simple as adjusting the thermostat on your water heater. However, if all looks fine and you are still experiencing freezing cold water, there may be a more serious issue that should be addressed by a trained plumber. Problems within water heaters can be extremely complex and very hard to diagnose or treat by an untrained eye. They are also dangerous to open up and play with if you aren’t 100% sure of what you are doing. Give a local engineer a call, they will quickly assist you with your water heater and advise on the next steps.
Most of our baths, sinks, and other appliances are held against walls with sealant. Meanwhile, our drains are also sealed in place with similar materials. Sometimes these seals fail. This can lead to flooding, leaks, and damage to walls or flooring. Many of us will assume that this is a quick fix. Simply buy some sealant and fill the gap yourself. This can work but often does not. If you happen to misunderstand exactly what parts should be sealed where or don’t fully fill the gap, you could be setting yourself up for more leaks, flooding, and slow, long-term structural damage. Always ask a professional to check seals on your behalf.
Avoiding these classic wannabe-plumber pitfalls will not only save your home, but also help save you plenty of money in the long run. Allowing a professional to do the work first - and paying them - will mean a better job that lasts much longer. Unblock your drains when needed, but leave the plumbing DIY there!