6 times when it is best to call a plumber

Some people have enough knowledge of plumbing to fix day-to-day problems around the house, but there are times when you just can’t mess it up: you need to call a plumber. The plumbing system is such an important piece of your house; think about it, it is what carries the water in and out, drains the toilets, and allows us to have hot showers. You need to manage things right, else they give you problems for years.

We have compiled a list of situations when calling a plumber is your best bet if you want the best for your home. Better to leave the hard stuff to the professionals.

• Broken Pipe: This is the number one reason for plumbing emergency calls. The damaging potential of a busted tube can be very sizable, depending on the room where it broke. In a situation like this every single minute counts, so better to get to the phone right away. While you wait, remove anything of value from the room in question to avoid as many material losses as you can.
• Overflown Toilet: This one apart from damaging is just very unpleasant. If there is one thing you don’t want in your home is for the toilets to regurgitate their contents. Apart from this, the process to fix them can be confusing, and the circumstances are not exactly ideal for a homeowner to pay attention. While the problem may bejust a jammed drain, it can just as well be a harder problem and you don’t really want to keep contemplating until you figure it out. If the problem needs for clearing of the main line stoppage, it will need specialized tools and knowledge to unclog the sewer line.
• Remodeling: So maybe you don’t have a problem, but you want to make some changes in your bathroom. It isn’t hard to see why you would want a professional to add the new pipes or even only moving the ones you already have. But there is also another important fact: new appliances of this kind, and especially if you are adding a new gas line as well, require to follow local codes on how they can and can’t be built. This can be subjected to inspection, so you want a licensed plumber to ensure you are following building codes.
• Too-high Water Bill: The annoying part of this sort of issues is that you don’t know for sure where the problem is. Is there a leak somewhere in your plumbing system? Where do you eve start looking? For this you will most certainly need the advice of a professional, and it will certainly come cheaper than to see your bill going higher and higher each month.
• Cold Water: Not that cold water is a problem in itself, but it becomes a problem when what you want is a nice hot shower. Repairing the heater can be a bit more complex than regular, and there is a high chance of doing further damage if you don’t know what you are doing.
• Low water pressure: If you have deficient water pressure throughout the house, there are a number of problems that can be happening: there can be debris obstructing your lines, the pressure can be low in the city supply itself, it may even be poor design of your supply line. This is another kind of issue where you just don’t know where to look, but a professional plumber will be quick to find the right answer and give you the help you need.

How to fix a leaky faucet

Taking care of the day-to-day in your house sometimes need a more hands-on approach. There are many things that you can fix by yourself if you feel comfortable with the tools and familiar with the processes, and having these skills to count on can become very handy.

For the most complex topics it is always better to get a professional to help you, but if you want to try your hand on some of the simpler tasks that are common issues around the house and not as hard to fix, leaky faucets are a good place to startJust make sure to have the right tools at hand and the number of a trusted plumber just in case you need it.

How to do it

You will need a wench, a screwdriver, replacement washers and O-rings. An important thing about replacement washers and O-rings is that they come in all sizes and you need to figure out which one goes for your faucet before starting. Taking a sample to the store is the easiest way to do it.

The next thing you need to do before actually starting is to turn your water supply off. This can be done usually by closing the knobs that are located underneath, which will immediately cut the water. Once you do this, you are ready to bring out the wench.

Depending of the kind of knob you have, you may need to remove some decorative parts. All you need to do is to pray it loose with a flat-headed screwdriver. Below that you will find a screw for eachknob, which mounts the handle to the stem. You will need to unscrew first and then remove the handle from the stem with the flat-head.

The next thing you will see is the packing nut. You should use the wench to pry it loose. Then you come about the stem and you remove that one too. The way to remove the stem will depend on your type of faucet, but usually they pop right out or you have to twist it off from the valve. When you are done make sure that none of the parts suffered any damage while you took them off.

Inside of the valve seat you will finally find the culprits (most likely) for your leak problem. Those are the replacement washers and O-rings we previously talked about. Remove them and replace them with the new units.

Then it is just a matter of returning the pieces to their original places, in inverse order than how we took them off: washer/O-ring first, then putting back the stem, then the packing nut, screw(s) and lastly handle(s). Go back to the water supply and turn it back on slowly to check if the leak was fixed.

Other causes

It can happen that this process doesn’t actually fix your leaky faucet. This is because the washers and O-rings may not be the problem, although it doesn’t hurt to replace them for new ones anyway.

Instead, there are a number of things that can be wrong: the valve seat may be corroded, the seals may be worn out, there may be loose parts somewhere in there, or you may even be experiencing damage in your overall plumbing structure. If you suspect this may be the case, don’t let the problem get any bigger. Call for professional help and get your plumbing system into top capacity.