My Tank Runneth Over: When to Call a Professional Plumbing Service


Plumbers are often expensive, and it’s understandable that people would try to do some of their own work. Plumbing problems, however, often comes with an appearance of deceptive simplicity. Unlike electrical or roofing work, the complexities of plumbing are often hidden. The degree to which to tighten a nut, the kind of washer to apply, the way to hold a faucet with a spanner, the ability to rebuild plumbing assemblies, can all be difficult to learn without experience.

Plumber using a wrench to tighten a siphon under a sink.

When there are drain problems involved

Whether you have a shower cubicle that won’t drain quickly or a bathroom sink that takes time letting water out, drains are not an easy DIY job. When the plunger doesn’t work, many DIY-ers will try generous amounts of corrosive drain cleaner, often repeatedly. This tends to be a terrible idea, because these caustic chemicals are capable of dissolving fittings. According to Best Home Services of Naples, FL, if one application of drain cleaner doesn’t work, it’s time to call in a professional plumbing service.

When the manufacturer recommends a licensed plumber

With some appliances such as water heaters, dishwashers and washing machines, the manufacturer usually requires installation repairs by professional plumbers. Sidestepping this requirement can result in a voided warranty.

The toilet tank keeps leaking into the bowl

It can be very annoying when water from the toilet’s flush cistern keeps dripping into the bowl, resulting in water trickling into the tank to keep it filled. Problems with washers (the average toilet has five) could lead to this problem. It could be practically anything from a bad flapper seat or flapper to a bad ball-cock assembly, or a partially submerged refill tube, as well. Replacing a flapper or ball-cock assembly isn’t simple. Non-standard sizes abound, and you could end up with something that doesn’t get the job done.

When you have rattling outdoor bibbs

In most states, the law requires that every home have at least one outdoor bibb in place. Today, many homes even have winter-proof faucets that need little maintenance. In the event that one of these fixtures wears out, however, you can have rattling to deal with. It may seem a simple job to fix one yourself, this isn’t a good idea. Hose bibbs and pipes that rattle can often begin to leak water inside the walls in the event of failure.

While it can be hard for the aspiring DIY-er to give in and call in a plumber, it is often the wisest thing to do. Plumbing fittings tend to be very easy to damage with improper handling.

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