Do-it-yourself online videos and TV Shows are very popular and have been for many years now. You can find how to videos on just about anything, from changing your air filter to building an outdoor patio.
Just because you might be able “to get ‘er done” on your own, doesn’t mean you should. There are especially important and legitimate reasons for trade licensing. Plumbers are highly trained and licensed because there are some issues within your home that if not fixed properly could impact your family’s safety. Not only is safety a concern, what takes a plumber a couple hours, might take you weeks to do correctly. In the long run, a lot of times it’s cheaper to hire a plumber, especially if you have to buy or rent special tools.
Here are some examples of plumbing problems you shouldn’t repair yourself, but instead should call a local plumbing company to handle:
Sewer and Waterline Issues
Do you have a toilet or sink that drains slowly? Normally this is a clogged drain and can be an easy fix with Drano or snaking. However, it could also be a sign of an issue with your home’s main sewer/drain line. The water discarded in your toilets, sinks and showers all drain to one main drain line. This main line connects to your county or city’s sewer system. If this main line is broken or cracked on your property, it’s your responsibility to fix it. Go outside and try to find where the main line is in your yard. If you smell a foul odor or the grass is soaking wet, more than likely this is the issue.
If you have low water pressure coming into the house a similar issue could also be happening; the main waterline coming into your house is damaged.
Sewer line and main waterline replacement are not a one-person job and require skill, specialized equipment, and a good amount of manual labor. A plumber may be able to repair the main drain line from the inside by lining the inner wall of the pipe; however, with older pipes the main line needs to be replaced. This includes digging a trench to remove the old line and put a new one in.
Hiring a licensed plumber is the safest, most efficient, and, often, least expensive option for fixing these issues correctly the first time.
Water leaks can be dangerous to your health as they can spawn mold infestation and become very costly. Unfortunately 10% of American homes waste up to 90 gallons of water per day due to leaks alone.
Leaky sink or bathroom faucets are frustrating but can be easy to repair with the right parts and tools. The big is occurs when pipes leak inside of walls as this could occur for days before you even know you have a problem. A single leaking pipe can damage your home’s frame, drywall, floors and as we mentioned before spawning dangerous mold.
Trying to find the leaking pipe can be a challenge in itself. Cutting and removing drywall to find the leak can cause structural damage to your house if you damage studs, not to mention you risk electrocution if you cut into the electrical wiring. Drilling exploratory holes just to try to find a leak, can be a long cumbersome process that can end up running a lot of good dry.
This is definitely a situation to call a plumber who has the expertise and tools to find and repair leaks in safe, quick manner.
Leaking Water Heater
A new natural gas water heater is efficient but can become deadly if not installed properly. This installation includes the potential danger of natural gas leaking along with damage that can be caused if you run into issues and the water leaks when you turn it back on. Don’t forget you also have to be careful of burning yourself on hot pipes, open flames, and hot water.
Any repairs involving a natural gas line are better handled by an experienced plumber.
Gas Leak or Installing a Gas Line
Leaking is gas is dangerous and can be deadly. Exposure to natural gas can cause nausea, headaches, fatigue, difficulty breathing, unconsciousness, and death.
In addition to the toxic effects of natural gas exposure, natural gas is very explosive. Some of the scariest disasters in the U.S. were caused by gas leaks. As an example, in 2010 a natural gas pipeline explosion killed eight people in San Bruno, CA. The explosion was so powerful that it registered as a 1.1 earthquake on the Richter scale.
Pretty compelling reasons not to try and fix gas leaks or install a gas line yourself. Calling your local plumber is almost always the best choice.
Arlington Plumbing Heating and Cooling is dedicated to serving our neighbors throughout Northern Virginia. Our business model has been to provide the best of service for your heater, air conditioner and plumbing system with the same level of care and attention to detail that we would provide for our own homes. That standard has consistently served us well over the years, but more importantly, it has served our clients equally well.
Our experienced technicians are licensed, insured, and fully qualified to perform repairs, replacements, and installation of plumbing and HVAC equipment in your home. We deliver professional and reliable service which is demonstrated by backing all of our work with a guarantee of 100% satisfaction for two years following our work. We work with respect for your home and integrity in the quality and delivery of our services, all with the goal of developing long term, professional and trusted relationships with homeowners. That’s the reputation we’ve earned through years on the job. If you have problems with your plumbing or HVAC system, give us a call and let us provide you with our gold standard of service.