It’s not always easy to know when to actually call a plumber. You try to open a faucet and it’s dry, but perhaps it’s something you could fix yourself. Maybe it’s something as simple to resolve as a stopcock having been shut off. By attempting to fix it yourself you can save some money while becoming more self-reliant. It’s always a good idea trying to overcome obstacles by yourself and learning new things in the process. However, there are times when it’s wise to admit that you’re in over your head. There’s really no shame in calling a plumber, they are trained professionals with enough experience to know exactly what to do, and how to do it in the most effective way. A good plumber can save you a lot of money in the long run, which is why, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the US, employment of plumbers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. The problem is that it’s not always easy to know when you should just get on the phone and make the call. Well, there are a few noted moments when it’s highly recommended to let the pros do their thing.
One such moment is when you have a sewer drain clog or stoppage. It occurs in the main sewer that connects the home plumbing to its source, be it a septic tank or a municipal sewer system. When this happens and your system begins backing up it’s bad news: eventually it will begin to seep through your drains. This is called backflow, and it can be as nasty as it sounds. The good news is that plumbers know exactly what to do in such cases, and if they run into trouble and cause further damage to your home they will make any repairs needed. Another very similar moment when you will want to call a plumber is when you have extensive water line damage. The causes for such damage can vary, and unlike minor problems with fittings and connections of supply lines, they’re not at all easy to detect or correct. You’ll want someone who has experience not only finding and repairing the leaks, but also minimizing the damage made by excavation.
Problems with sewer or water lines are rather evident, but unfortunately there are other issues that can be harder to spot and recognize. One big example of this is low water pressure through the house, which can be caused by many different factors. Dun-RIGHT Plumbing & Heating said, “Some of the most common are obstructions, rust damage, low water pressure from the supply or even a badly set-up line.” Trying to find the cause by yourself can be time consuming and even cause unnecessary damage to your property. The same can be said about having no hot water. If you have checked the hot water tank and it is not leaking, the problem can be much more serious, whether the water heater is electric or runs on gas. You don’t want to further damage your heater trying to find out what’s wrong with it without knowing what you’re doing.
Other common plumbing issues that will definitely need to be fixed by a professional include frozen pipes, which can burst or crack, and noisy vibrating ones. In both cases it’s likely that a section of the piping will have to be reinforced or replaced. Of course you could try to thaw the frozen pipes yourself with a hair dryer, or find out where the noise comes from and secure the section somehow, but that could be tremendously energy consuming, and there are no guarantees it’ll work. Professional plumbers know it’s usually easier, faster and more effective to just replace the problematic section altogether. If it’s a professional that does it, you are guaranteed this will not only take care of the problem, but also help prevent the rest of the plumbing from also becoming damaged over time.
Lastly, you should always require the assistance of a plumber in order to install a whole house water filter. It’s completely understandable wanting to protect your health purifying the water you use daily, getting rid of mineral deposits and metallic concentrations such as excessive iron or arsenic, among others. Not to mention any bad odors and impurities. A whole house water filter is a great idea to take care of all these things, but without the correct tools and training cutting pipes and attaching fittings can be hard.
Don’t put yourself in an ugly situation for no reason at all. Quick fixes only cover up the problem for a while, but they tend to come back even bigger. And while hiring a professional plumber is always a smart choice, that’s never more true than in these seven cases.