As discussed in our previous blog post, “3 Reasons to Call a Plumber,” there are certain plumbing jobs for which the skills of a trained professional are necessary. In this blog post, we discuss three more situations where it is best to call a plumber (rather than trying to fix the problem yourself).
Frozen pipes are a major plumbing problem that can happen during the wintertime, causing flooding and considerable property damage. If your pipes freeze, the first thing you need to do is shut off the main water valve. Then, inspect the pipe to see if it has any cracks or has burst (though it will probably be obvious if it has burst). If there are any cracks or breakage, call a plumber right away. Even if you don’t see any cracks, it is best to call a plumber, who may recommend replacing a section of pipe rather than trying to thaw it.
Low water pressure
Low water pressure throughout the house may indicate one of several problems. These include obstruction (such as debris or rust) at any point in the water line from the meter to the faucet aerators, low pressure from the city supply (or well), and others. A good plumber has the tools to diagnose the problem and address it.
Tub or shower valve replacement
Tub replacement and shower valve replacement are both big jobs that exceed the capabilities of the average do-it-yourselfer. For example, with shower valve replacement, there are numerous shower valve options and it can be difficult to choose the right one. Additionally, it is possible to damage the shower walls during the replacement process. A professional plumber will help you select the right materials and complete the job without causing damage.
If you’re looking for a plumber to complete one of these or any other plumbing job, be sure to choose a reputable plumber that is well known and trusted in the community.
Written and published by Thompson Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.