Handy people can complete minor plumbing repairs themselves if they have the right tools. However, certain situations call for the services of a certified plumber. Be sure to call a plumber for any of the following home plumbing problems.
You have no hot water
This can be a difficult problem to troubleshoot and fix yourself. An issue with the hot water heater is likely to blame, but working on your own hot water heater is not recommended unless you have a lot of experience with such repairs. Also, numerous things can go wrong with a hot water heater other than a leak – the appliance could have a bad heating element, overload switch, thermostat, or thermocoupler burner (on gas heaters). A blown fuse or tripped circuit could also be the problem. Save yourself the hassle of extensive troubleshooting and tricky repairs by calling a plumber.
Permits are required
When you need to do plumbing work that requires a permit, it is important to hire a professional who knows the building codes and the procedures to complete the necessary inspections. Plumbing situations that may require a permit include drain line replacement, water heater replacement, re-pipes, and plumbing remodels (moving plumbing to a different location).
The main sewer line is blocked
If the toilet is backing up into the sink and shower, the main sewer line is likely backing up. Oftentimes, the line is blocked somewhere between your house and the street, possibly by encroaching tree roots. It is not a good idea to try to fix this yourself. A good plumber will be able to find and fix this clog for you without even having to dig up your yard!
Not sure which plumber to call? Try out Thompson Electrical, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, a trusted plumber in the Greater Cincinnati area for more than 80 years. Even if you don’t have one of the above emergencies, you might benefit from one of our “plumbing tune-ups.”
Written and published by Thompson Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.