Plumbing Emergency 101 – When to Call the Plumber
At some point, every homeowner will be faced with a plumbing problem. The good news is that in many cases, a homeowner can easily fix the problem at little or not cost. However, there are plumbing problems that will require the services of a professional plumber due to the fragility of the plumbing system and its components:
Below is a list of plumbing emergencies that will require the services of a plumber:
Gas Line Problems: A broken gas line is a serious plumbing emergency that will require the services of a plumber because of the danger of working around gas which is not always detected by smell. A plumber has the equipment, knowledge, and tools, to properly and safely fix a damaged gas line. A plumber also has the equipment to detect a gas leak. As well, pipes and pipe fittings may have to be replaced which will include proper threading of the pipes and fittings which can be only be done by someone who is experienced at such difficult repair jobs.
Sewer lines: If you do not know what you are doing, trying to repair a sewer line can lead to causing more damage and expense. Fixing a sewer line, especially if broken or if the sewer system is backed up and flowing all over the basement, is best left to a professional plumber. The repair job will require special equipment and tools.
Water lines: A burst water pipe caused by such events as freezing or a crack that expanded, is a difficult problem to repair. Fixing a damaged water line requires special equipment, tools, and pipe fittings. The best action you can take is shutting off the water and calling the plumber.
Stubborn Clogged Drain: A clogged drain or toilet can be a frustrating experience. Most people will try a number of methods to clear the clog such as plunging and using drain cleaners. However, there are times when a clog is much more serious and will not unclog no matter what a homeowner may try. The clog could be deep in the drain pipe or there could be a problem with the septic tank. A plumber will have the equipment to locate the clog and determine why it is not clearing. A plumber will also have the equipment to resolve the problem.
Any intricate component or device that is part of the plumbing system such as the water heater and water pump should be handled by plumber. These devices are expensive, and if you break it when trying repair it yourself, you could end up spending a lot of money to get a replacement. The plumbing system is very delicate so when there is a serious plumbing emergency, it is always a wise decision to call a professional plumber so that he or she can diagnose and repair the problem in an efficient and timely manner. When enlisting the services of a plumber, always ask for a price quote for the repair job after the plumber has diagnosed the problem.