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Plumbing Repairs you Shouldn’t Fix on Your Own

Not all plumbing problems are the same: there are those that don’t require any repairs from professional plumbers while other issues can be easily fixed by anyone who doesn’t have any plumbing experience. It can be difficult to determine if a plumbing concern can be fixed by DIY or not. Here’s a guide on what plumbing repairs you shouldn’t fix on your own.

 

Very Low Water Pressure

Check first if the low water pressure is caused by the plumbing fixture. You can attempt to fix it by cleaning the faucet’s aerator or showerhead. However, if the water pressure is still too low then you need to contact a licensed and experienced plumber. It’s most likely that the problem is caused by a damaged water line or a leak within the pipe system. This is something that you shouldn’t fix on your own since it requires some tools and expert plumbing experience to be resolved. You shouldn’t delay the repairs since the problem may become even worse.

 

Stubborn Clogged Drains

Yes, you can actually try to unclog the drain with the use of a plunger or drain snake, but if you noticed that the clog is still present then it’s high time to bring on the experts. Further attempts with the use of improper tools and lack of skills may cause even more damage to your fixtures. There are cases when homeowners try to resolve the issue by renting a power tool such as an electric snake. This usually ends up with the homeowner getting injured or severely destroying the plumbing fixtures due to having no experience in using the equipment.

 

Leaking Septic Tanks

A septic tank leak can be difficult to determine, especially if you have no background in plumbing. However, there are some vague warnings such as a damp yard(even though there haven’t been any rains), and the septic tank having a low liquid level(water should be above eight to twelve inches above the tank). Your best option is to schedule a maintenance check. Never try to fix the leaks on your own since it can prove hazardous without the right tools, supplies, and experience.

 

Water Heater Doesn’t Generate Hot Water

There are many reasons why your water heater doesn’t produce hot water, such as: sediment build-up, broken heating system, water leaks, and many more. It’s very difficult to conclude what’s the exact cause–and even more complicated when it comes to repairing it. Don’t burden yourself and just call a plumber or specialist on water heater tanks. Also, for those who are using gas water heaters, you should be careful if there are any leaks with the gas line. If there are gas leaks, call emergency services immediately.

 

Installing New Pipes and Fixtures

Installing new pipes and fixtures are very difficult and it should always be handled by a professional. One mishap in the installation and your whole plumbing system will go haywire. Not to mention the cost for the additional repairs and equipment. Just save yourself the time, effort, money, and trouble, and call a plumber to do the installation.