When to Hire a Plumber

If you consider yourself handy, you may have tried your hand at a little bit of DIY plumbing in the past. Certain projects, such as fixing leaky faucets, are great for DIY-ers–they’re pretty easy to handle and usually won’t result in catastrophe if you mess up! There are, however, certain jobs that are almost always best left to the pros. You’ll save yourself a lot of time, money, and headaches by calling a plumber right away when you have:

Low water pressure throughout the house – low water pressure can be caused by a number of things, including:

  • Obstructions in water lines
  • Low water supply at the source
  • Poor supply line design
  • And more

The plumbers at R.V. Carey’s can determine the cause of your low water pressure problem and get it taken care of quickly.

No hot water – unless your hot water tank is actively leaking water, it can be very difficult to determine the reason why it wouldn’t be heating water.

Some potential electric water heater problems include:

  • Faulty heating elements
  • Tripped circuit breakers
  • Blown fuses

Some possible gas water heater problems include:

  • Bad thermocouple burners
  • Faulty igniters

Sewer line blockage – if your main sewer line keeps backing up, there might be a major clog in the line that runs out to the main sewer. This is commonly caused by tree roots invading the pipe. If you have access to a sewer rodding machine, you could potentially do this one on your own, but you run the serious risk of damaging the drain or sewer lines.

Replacing a water heater – replacing a water heater is typically a job best left to the pros. Remember all the key parts of water heater replacement: not only carrying it to the basement but also hooking it up, making sure it works properly, and disposing of the old one.

Frozen pipes – if your pipes freeze during the winter, the first thing you should do is carefully check to see if the pipe has already burst or cracked. If not, you can try to thaw the pipe with a hair dryer, but ultimately you should call a plumber for this one and you’ll likely need to replace the section of frozen pipe.

Extensive water line damage – if your water line was damaged by freezing temperatures, repairing it can take up a lot of time and money—things that are often in short supply these days. In the end, it’s typically more worth it to call a plumber.

Knowing what plumbing jobs you can handle on your own and which you’ll need to call a professional for can save you a lot of time and money. If you’ve got a major plumbing problem or project, call R.V. Carey’s today!