If you’re a homeowner, especially now in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, self-sufficiency is an essential trait to have. When things go wrong in your home, sometimes the issue is small enough that you can try fixing it yourself. Even a professional may advise this, depending on the circumstances. There are times, however, when the smart course of action is to bring in an expert.
So when is it the right time to do DIY bathroom repairs instead of calling a plumber? Here’s what to look for when you encounter specific problems.
If your toilet is blocked up, even professional plumbers would recommend that you try clearing it yourself first using a plunger. It’s because that is the first thing they will try themselves, and it is often all that is required. For tougher blockages, a more direct method may be necessary, such as using an augur, also known as a plumbing snake.
The clogged toilet is the most common plumbing problem, but it is also the fastest and cheapest one to fix. With proper suction using a plunger or a plumbing snake, you can easily deal with the issue yourself.
Sometimes, you may notice that when you turn on the faucet, the flow of water is not as generous as it used to be. It’s likely not an issue with your water pressure if you try other faucets and don’t encounter the same problem. In that instance, the problem may be the faucet itself and some blockage in the tap.
It’s easy enough to unscrew the tap with a wrench, remove it, and check the filter. Often, the issue is debris that has accumulated over time and is blocking the flow. Removing the tap and clearing the filter, is all you need to do to improve the flow of water in a single problematic faucet.
Bringing In The Pros
If you have any issues with a pipe, this is probably the time to call a professional plumber. For example, old homes in New Orleans can have water mains that are more than 100 years old. If a pipe breaks or bursts due to aging, it can only be handled by a seasoned plumber. They will be able to track down the problem and find a way to address it.
If you have more technical work—such as the repair, replacement, or upgrade of a water heater—that is another thing you shouldn’t attempt to do on your own. This is especially true if there are other considerations, such as if you have a natural gas heater.
And finally, when you want the best results for a big plumbing project, such as a bathroom remodel or the installation of a shower stall, turn to the professionals. You should never relocate or add new plumbing by yourself unless you are an experienced, certified plumber.
If you need professional assistance, we can help. Contact IC Plumbing Services today so we can evaluate the problem and provide a cost-efficient solution right away.