When to call the plumber might be obvious – as in, you have water flooding all over your bathroom floor. Other times, the indication for plumbing help could be a little more subtle – like after a cold snap when you might have developed a sneaky leak from pipes under your home.
There are plenty of times the do-it-yourselfer can get the job done, but there are quite a few more that really demand the services of a professional plumbing expert. For example, if the job in any way requires a permit, call a professional plumber. This could be for some remodels or moving existing plumbing, or perhaps when you are adding a new gas line for a fireplace or outdoor kitchen. A professional will know when a permit is required so that inspections are a breeze.
If you experience your toilet backing up into the tub or shower or sinks, this is most likely a problem with your main plumbing line. You should always call on an expert to deal with these kinds of problems as it generally calls for equipment the average homeowner doesn’t have on hand. The solution to the problem is also something that usually calls for experience to go with the specialized equipment, and is something better left to professionals.
Water heater problems or replacement is an area where proper experience is recommended. There are many things that can to really wrong during either the repair or replacement of a water heater, and unless you are a plumbing expert you could be literally taking your life into your own hands. What could look like a no-brainer adjustment could end up making the problem worse, causing more damage.
Another reason to call a professional plumber is for tub replacement. This is a big job – even for the professionals. There are certainly handy homeowners out there, but unless they have actual construction experience, tub replacement comes with a bucket-load of special issues that call for expert help. At the least, you could use experienced back-up if you’re planning to do the job yourself. This is one job where you should call your plumber instead of your next-door-neighbor.
Complex and time-consuming jobs for handy-man homeowners, like replacing the shower valve, are good candidates for calling a plumbing expert. The professional plumber can help you get the right valve for the job since there are many options and it would be easy to get it wrong. Damaging shower walls is something to be avoided and the expert plumber has the knowledge to change out a valve with the least amount of damage or replacement requirements necessary.
Experiencing low water pressure throughout your entire home certainly calls for expert plumbing advice, as well as anything to do with stoppage of sewer lines. Do-it-yourself in these situations is calling for trouble as you are likely to cause additional damage to structures by not being really familiar with equipment needed for the repair.
And then back to freezing – especially if you have an older home, it could really pay off to call a plumber after a hard or extended freeze to ensure that you haven’t developed problems under your house which could be hard to detect until it’s too late.