When it comes to home repairs, many homeowners love taking matters into their own hands and fixing the problem themselves. After all, feeling involved in making your home a better place is both rewarding and satisfying. However, when it comes to plumbing, DIY repairs can be a bit of a challenge, even for more experienced DIYers. Though fixing a clogged toilet may be easy enough, there are a few repairs that should always be fixed by an experienced plumbing contractor.
Clogged or Slow Drains
Though it may be tempting to reach for the drain cleaner to bust up a clog, it can actually make the problem far worse. Commercially available drain cleaner uses extremely caustic chemicals to break up debris in your pipes. Though effective, those chemicals can also degrade the pipes, leaving you at an increased risk for leaks as well as additional clogs in the future. The best option is to call an experienced plumbing contractor and let them remove the leak without damaging the pipes.
Though a constantly running toilet is often caused by a damaged valve, there could be an underlying problem that’s causing the system to work inefficiently. Since a running toilet can waste well over 100 gallons a day, it’s important to let a professional make the necessary repairs immediately. Remember, if the problem is not due to a leaky valve, the flushing mechanism may need to be replaced and that can get complicated quickly.
Anything Related to Your Water Heater
Water heaters are incredibly complex machines that rely on gas or electrical connections in order to heat the water. When handled by an inexperienced technician or DIYer, any water heater problems are only likely to get worse. Furthermore, a DIY repair may even void your warranty, making future problems potentially more expensive to repair. Instead, contact a plumbing contractor and schedule an inspection immediately. They’ll take care of the issue and maintain the unit’s warranty.
Spare yourself the stress of tackling plumbing repairs on your own. Contact East Texas Leak Locators to schedule an appointment today.