Numerous plumbing repairs are do-it-yourself projects. When the water pressure is low, one can quickly fix the problem by cleaning the showerhead, inspecting the water meter valve, or doing numerous other simple fixes. When the trap beneath the kitchen or bathroom sinks leaks, homeowners may either repair it or replace it with a new, affordable trap.
However, with so many plumbing repairs widely accessible, how does one know when to call in a plumber? Here are four times when homeowners need a plumber for help.
1. Hot Water Heater Has a Gas Leak
If anyone suspects a gas leak from any source, immediately call emergency services and evacuate the home. Once a safe distance has been established, contact the gas company after calling emergency services.
Once the property is judged safe, residents may return and explore the source of the leak – and then, and only then, should they contact a plumber to address a potential water heater issue. Natural gas accumulation is particularly flammable, so it is prudent to proceed cautiously. Gas leaks from any source should always be handled by a professional.
2. Sewage Leaks or Odours
A damaged or clogged sewer line frequently shows itself in the yard as slowly collecting pools of murky, odorous water or squishy dirt. Or weird things happen indoors, such as toilets filling up with wastewater when the sink is running.
Homeowners can dig up the sewer line, identify and repair or replace the damaged or obstructed sewer pipe, but it’s not recommended. This sort of do-it-yourself repair takes many days of hard labour to complete.
The sewage line is the single pipe that drains all wastewater from the home. Without this line, the home cannot function; all actions are halted until it is repaired. Therefore, it is critical to hire a plumbing firm to do this repair.
The business may do a video check of the sewage system through the clean-out entrance point. Using a motorized drain snake to auger out the sewage pipe may resolve the issue. If a line becomes permanently clogged or damaged, it must be dug up and rebuilt.
3. No Water Inside the Home
When water stops running in a home, it is usually concentrated around a single spot, such as a bathroom or kitchen sink. However, water seldom stops flowing to a complete home.
If this happens, verify that none of the water outlets in the home are getting water. Ensure that both the hot and cold water supplies are functioning properly. When a water heater fails and no hot water is provided, the cold side remains operational.
If no water is running, then there might be a significant problem. Likely, the underground water line connecting the streetside water meter to the property has ruptured or been broken, which is now diverting water away from the home. Alternatively, the leak might be centred on the water meter.
4. Water Supply Line Is Leaking
Although this isn’t very common when a water supply leaks, it will flood the entire house. The fastest way to fix a water supply line leak is to call in a local plumbing company. Before calling them, though, it’s important to shut off the water into the home to prevent further flooding.