We all have tried to take on task that goes over our capabilities and sometimes can end up costing us lots of money. There are some plumbing services that should always be handled by a professional. Below are a few plumbing situations that you should never attempt to do yourself, and they should always be fixed by a professional.
1. Unclogging a Blocked Sewer Line
Unclogging your sewer line is not a DIY plumbing. Even if you are able to access your sewer line, you will still require special equipment that you probably don’t have. Attempting to fix sewer line clogs without professional help can lead to a disaster. If not unclogged properly, it can lead to sewage backups, which can cause serious damage to your property and pose serious health risks.
2. Gas Line Repair
A gas line repair is one of the most dangerous plumbing repair jobs to attempt if you lack experience. If you suspect that there’s a gas leak in your home, leave at once. Using electronic devices such as light switches can increase the danger. A gas line repair should be done right to avoid injury and ensure that the source of the problem is properly addressed.
3. New Water Heater Installation
Water heater installation require 240 volts of electricity, and if you do it incorrectly, it may lead to a serious injury. It is critical to vent the unit to the manufacturer’s specifications. Improper vent size, total length or configuration can lead to a dangerous build-up of carbon monoxide inside the home. Improper installation or the choice of an inadequate valve can cause damage to the water heater or a hazardous pressure build-up. You should hire a professional to ensure that the job is done quickly, safely, and securely.
4. Pipe Replacement
Pipe repair is not a plumbing job that sounds too difficult, but the truth is that it can be tricky. Most DIY’s often revert to patching leaks, which unfortunately is a common mistake since products used to patch leaks are designed for temporary situations. Pipe replacement is usually the best way to repair a leaking pipe. Unfortunately, when DIYers attempt to do pipe replacement themselves, it often leads to another mistake of mismatching pipes. A professional is your best bet when it comes to pipe replacement to ensure that everything is done right.
5. Underground Repair Jobs
In most situations, specialized plumbing tools are needed to fix the problem. In addition, some jurisdictions have laws in place that require individuals to contact local authorities before digging to avoid damaging underground infrastructure. A professional plumber will first obtain the necessary permission and ensure that the underground plumbing repair job is handled right.
Call a Professional
Attempting to fix any plumbing issues yourself might be tempting, but it is important to avoid projects that you don’t have expertise and experience to handle. You will save yourself the hassle of even larger plumbing issues caused by a poorly done plumbing job.
If you ever have any questions or concerns, give us a call at Richie’s Plumbing