Homeowners can deal with some plumbing situations – such as a simple clogged drain. However, some situations require the assistance of a professional plumber. When you encounter any of the following situations, it’s best to call a professional licensed plumber and have him or her diagnose and fix the problem.
- Your Pipes are Frozen
- Your Drain is Persistently Clogged
- Your Hot Water Isn’t Working
- Water Pressure is Low throughout Your House
When your pipes freeze in the winter, it’s best to stand back and let the professional handle the situation. Frozen pipes can break and burst, causing extensive damage. Professional plumbers are best equipped to decide whether a pipe needs to be replaced or if it can be safely thawed. Attempting to thaw a pipe can cause extensive damage and it is best for homeowners to avoid doing so themselves.
If you’ve tried everything, and your drain doesn’t seem to unclog, it’s time to call a professional plumber. Whether it’s the bathtub or a sink that’s clogged, a plumber has the proper tools to clear the clog without damaging your pipes. Importantly, a green plumber will have the proper products to treat the clog with contaminating the water system with harsh solvents.
A professional plumber will also have the ability to determine if the problem is caused by something more serious than just debris – such as rust or corrosion.
If your hot water isn’t flowing, it indicates that there is a problem with your water heater. Whether yours is gas or electric, water heaters are complex machines that can pose a danger to the untrained.
You might try changing the fuse pertaining to the water heater, but you should avoid addressing problems with your water heater itself. A licensed plumber will be trained in how water heaters work and how to fix them safely and effectively.
If your water pressure is low throughout the house, the problem could lie anywhere downstream of your meter, or with the municipal water supply itself.
Your first step could be to check with your local water utility regarding problems in your area. If you determine that the problem is within your house, your next call should be to a professional plumber. A plumber will be equipped to pinpoint the location of the problem and replace any part that needs replacing.