As a homeowner, you may notice a leak in one of your pipes or issues with your plumbing system. These may not seem like a problem worth the hassle, but plumbing repair is essential to have your system functioning properly and avoid bigger problems.
You might think that you can do the job completely on your own, but the issue might be more complex than a leaking faucet. However, for smaller problems, it is possible to perform a DIY remedy that might help your system get back to working order. Here’s how to know the difference.
Essential Plumbing Repairs
Many plumbing problems can wreak havoc on your plumbing system if they are not addressed quickly. While they may be frustrating and inconvenient, expert plumbing repair will find the true problem in addition to saving you time and money in the long run.
Leak In The Sewer Line
If there is a leak in your sewer line, you’ll need a professional to fix the problem before it causes more damage to your home. Signs of a leak in your sewer line can let you know it’s time for a plumbing repair. These signs include:
- Moldy walls
- Pests entering the home
- Patches of your lawn that appear unhealthy
- Bad smells coming from the pipes
- Raw sewage anywhere on your property
- Cracks in the walls or foundation
Because sewer lines are underground, they will need a professional to find the leak and make the repair. This can be a difficult process if it is performed by someone unsure of what to look for. Today’s technology provides another approach to finding a leak in the sewer line. Certified plumbing techs may insert a drain camera into the sewer line to investigate the leak. This will make the process much faster in finding and fixing the problem.
A busted pipe can cause many problems in your home’s plumbing system. It can cause water to accumulate under the home’s floor, which may cause damage to the floor and allow water to build up in the home’s walls, which can cause mold and mildew to grow. Typically, when a pipe is busted, you’ll need to have a professional fix the area of the pipes that have the leak because there are no permanent DIY solutions for this type of problem.
Signs to look for when you have a busted pipe are:
- Noises coming from the pipes
- Water pressure going up and down
- Puddling forming under the sinks
Clogged Toilet That Doesn’t Seem To Quit Stopping Up
A clogged toilet may seem like a fast plumbing repair that you can handle on your own. But that’s not always the case. If you’ve tried multiple things to get your toilet to stop clogging and the issue always returns, it’s a sign of a larger problem. There may be a clog so far down your sewer line that you can’t get to it. In this case, a certified plumber must come to resolve the clog.
A pipe in the plumbing system may also be broken, have a leak, or have a high amount of corrosion which is causing the toilet to clog easier. This will typically result in a pipe replacement being done in your home. This is a difficult and potentially dangerous job, so it’s best to leave it to the M and M professionals.
Shower And Sinks Drain Slow
Noticing that your shower and sinks are draining slowly is a sign that there is likely a leak or clog somewhere in your plumbing system. Sometimes a DIY remedy might work to rid the clog, but they can be very far down in the line, which will make that remedy useless.
Drains will drain slowly due to debris, food, grease, and hair being sent down the drains. An expert drain cleaning is the best plumbing repair for this problem.
A leaky faucet could be more complex than an annoying drip of water. You may also think there’s a loose bolt somewhere on the fixture or pipe. But sometimes the problem is in the faucet itself, and it will need to be replaced. Even if it appears that the leak is small, it can cost you a lot on your water bill due to the constant use of water.
Poor Water Quality
Have you noticed your water smells bad? Or maybe you’ve seen particles of dirt or orange-colored flakes floating in your water. Poor water quality is often a sign of a leak, corrosion, mold or mildew, or a burst in your plumbing system. This can be hazardous to your health because you have unknown materials entering your drinking water.
To improve your water quality, you’ll need to find the source of the problem and have a plumbing repair performed by a professional. This can help eliminate where the dirty, smelly water is coming from and allow you and your family to have fresh water for consumption.
Low Water Pressure
Another common problem that is caused because of a leak or clog in your plumbing system is low water pressure. The low water pressure might also result from a faulty water pressure gauge. But the only way to determine the source of the issue is to have a certified plumber look at your plumbing system. They can tell you why it’s happening and recommend a fix to get your back to the correct water pressure.
How These Plumbing Repairs Will Benefit Your Home
When you have these plumbing problems fixed by a professional, your home’s system will greatly benefit from the plumbing repair. Not only will it stop the problem your system is experiencing but will provide you with long-term benefits as well.
Increased Lifespan Of Your Plumbing System
When someone attempts to perform the plumbing repair independently, the risk of costly mistakes is much higher. You may think your sewer is backed up due to a clog, but the real culprit could be tree roots growing through the line.
When a professional completes the repair, they will pinpoint the exact cause of the problem and fix it correctly. This will also increase the lifespan of your plumbing system. Once everything is functioning correctly and all problem areas have been addressed, your system should be problem-free for years to come.
M and M Plumbers don’t just fix the problem and ignore other areas of the plumbing system. They do a full assessment of all of the pipes to ensure that there are no other pipes that have the potential to leak or burst.
If there are any other areas to be concerned about, the plumber will let you know right away so that they can fix it while they are there. This will result in fewer leaks happening in your plumbing system and save you a lot of money on emergency repairs in the future.
While you may clear a clog on your own and think that your system will function great afterward, this is not always the case. Pipe clearing and cleaning done by a professional will ensure that all pieces of the blockage have been removed so that it doesn’t cause further issues for your home’s plumbing system.
M and M plumbers can also use camera technology to make sure that your pipes are clear and that you won’t run into the same problem in a couple of weeks.
Things You Can Do On Your Own To Fix The Problem
While most plumbing repairs are best performed by a professional, there are some small problems you can fix on your own.
- Stop a leaky faucet – If the problem is a simple fix, you may be able to tighten up the nuts and bolts on your faucet to stop it from leaking.
- Identify where a leak is coming from by checking the pipes under sinks – If you notice water seeping from your cabinets, you may have found the leak. If the leak is an easy fix, you can most likely just tighten up the pipes to get the water to stop leaking.
- Unclog your bathtub drain – Remove the drain cap from your bathtub and look for clogs of hair and debris in the drain. Use a small tool to fish the hair out of the drain to unclog it.
- Unclog a toilet using a toilet plunger – You’ve likely already had to do this for a simple clogged toilet. Take your toilet plunger and press it into the toilet bowl a few times to get the clog to dislodge.
Next Steps To Getting Your Plumbing Repair Started
If you want to ensure that your plumbing system continues to run the way it was designed, it’s time to take the next step to get your plumbing repair performed by a professional. Our certified plumbers have all of the tools, expertise, and knowledge to get your plumbing system back in working order as soon as possible. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!