Owning a home comes with great responsibility. While you might take pride in maintaining your home and fixing every issue, large or small, there are some things the average homeowner should always leave to the professionals. For example, here are some common plumbing issues you should and should not fix yourself.
DO Unclog Drains
One of the most basic plumbing jobs any homeowner can do is unclogging their drains. Toilets, faucets, and bathroom drains back up all the time. Foodstuff, hair, grease, and other debris collect in the drains and cause clogs that disrupt the natural water flow. Unclogging drains is easy. For toilets, use a snake and plunger to break up bodily waste. Consider a drainage solution for bathroom and kitchen faucets to break up hair, food, or grease. Your drains will flow freely in no time.
DO NOT Fix the Water Line
Never attempt to repair the water line on your own. Water line damage is a serious issue. Cracked, broken, or dysfunctional pipes can disrupt your plumbing system and lead to serious water damage if untreated. If you suspect that your water line is broken, call a professional plumbing service right away. They have the knowledge, tools, and experience to handle all indoor and outdoor water issues. If there’s a lingering problem with the water main, they’ll fix it.
DO Stop Leaky Pipes
The average homeowner can also repair their own leaky pipes. Sneaky leaks might seem like little more than an annoyance, but depending on where they’re located, they may lead to mold and structural damage. Still, anyone can find and fix these leaks in no time. Sometimes, it’s as easy as tightening leaky joints. Other times, you may need to patch a leak around the bathtub, shower, drain, sink, or toilet.
DO NOT Mess With the Water Pressure
Another plumbing issue you should not fix yourself deals with water pressure. Although you may naturally think your water pressure issues relate to leaks or loose pipes, there may be a more significant issue at play, such as cracks or leaks deep within your water system. Cracks within your plumbing system require professional repair as soon as possible. A professional plumbing service will address these issues to restore optimal water pressure and prevent further water damage.
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