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When It’s OK To Try a DIY Fix and When You Need to Call A Professional

April 4, 2023

Plumbing issues can be a hassle, and it’s not always clear when you can try to fix the problem yourself or when you need to call a professional. Here are some general guidelines when you run into a situation that may have you going back and forth in a decision to call for help.

DIY Fixes

Clogged Drains

Minor clogs in sinks, toilets, and showers can often be cleared using a plunger or plumbing snake. There are many at-home tools that you can get at a local hardware store, as well as many videos online that can walk you through effectively clearing a drain.

Leaky Faucets

If a faucet is leaking, it’s often a simple fix that can be done by replacing the O-ring or washer. This is yet another fix that can be aided with online resources.

Running Toilets

A running toilet can often be fixed by adjusting the flapper or replacing a faulty valve. This is another issue that usually can be solved easily, and there are many resources online to help if you need help identifying either area or watch a tutorial on how to replace a valve.

Call a Professional

Major Pipe Leaks

If you have a significant leak in your pipes, it’s important to call a professional immediately to prevent further damage to your home.

Sewer Line Issues

Problems with the sewer line, such as a clog or tree roots growing into the pipes, can cause serious issues and require a professional to diagnose and fix the problem. You may also have to get the city involved depending on how large your problem may span.

Water Heater Issues

If you’re experiencing issues with your water heater, such as leaks, strange noises, or inconsistent temperatures, it’s best to call a professional to diagnose and fix the issue.

Gas Lines

If you suspect a gas leak, it’s critical to call a professional right away to avoid a dangerous situation. This type of issue is not one to even attempt a repair by yourself unless you have extensive training, as it can cause extreme damage or injury.

In the end, it is important to use your best judgment when deciding whether to attempt a DIY fix or call a professional. If you’re unsure about the severity of the issue or how to fix it, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and call a professional plumber.