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5 Plumbing Repair Jobs You Should Not DIY

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Plumbing systems need regular maintenance and repairs to prevent larger problems from developing. In many instances, it may be tempting to attempt a DIY repair job rather than calling a professional plumber. While it may save some money, there are some plumbing repair jobs that will end up costing both time and money in the long run.

It is important to be able to admit when you need help with your plumbing repair job. You may end up placing yourself in harm’s way by introducing risk of burns, combustion and flooding. This can occur as the result of tampering with various plumbing components involving electrical connects and highly pressurized systems.

From a financial perspective, the warranty of certain plumbing devices may become invalid if a DIY attempt causes damage. Installations and repairs can be fairly complicated operations and an inferior installation can lead to greater problems – resulting in an insufficient system and unnecessary costs.

In addition, the correct tools can be incredibly expensive – especially when they are not used that often. Knowledge of plumbing systems is also required for a plumbing repair job to be done effectively. A professional plumber will have these tools handy and be able to execute a repair job properly with their thorough knowledge.

Here are a few plumbing repair jobs that are best left to the professional.

1. Gas Line Repair

A gas line repair job is a very dangerous plumbing repair job to attempt without experience. If you suspect that your home has a gas leak, you should leave your home immediately. Using light switches and other electronic devices can increase the danger. A gas line repair needs to be done carefully, to avoid injury, and thoroughly, to make sure that the source of the problem is attended to.

2. Underground Repair Job

A sewer repair job or a damp lawn problem can also be dangerous if attempted by DIY. In most instances, heavy duty plumbing tools are required to fix the problem. In addition, Jacksonville has laws in place that requires individuals to call 811 before digging to prevent damage to underground infrastructure. A professional plumber will make sure that the necessary permission is received and that the underground plumbing system is repaired easily, safely and more affordably.

3. Pipe Replacement

Although repairing pipes doesn’t seem too difficult at first glance, it can be tricky. Often individuals revert to patching leaking pipes which is a common mistake made when attempting a DIY plumbing job. Most products used for patching leaks are designed to be temporary solutions. The best way to repair a leaking pipe is to replace the pipe. When people attempt to replace pipes themselves, this often leads to another DIY plumbing mistake – mismatching pipes. Choosing the incorrect size or type could lead to greater problems. It is important to ensure that the correct type of pipe and connector are selected.

4. Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure can be caused by several problems such as a simple sediment build-up in the water system, a fractured or broken pipe – the latter of which requires a far more complicated repair job. Although there are simple DIY fixes that can be done initially, if the water flow does not improve, the problem needs to be assessed by a professional plumber so to not damage the foundation of the plumbing system.

5. Clearing Pipes With Excessive Use Of Drain Cleaner

The need for drain clearing is a common plumbing problem. Commercial drain cleaners can be very useful in clearing away built—up residue. However, using too much of the drain cleaner ‘quick fix’ can result in damage to the drains as the harsh chemicals eat away at both metal and PVC pipes. In addition, drain cleaners cannot be effectively used everywhere. Most commercial drain cleaners can be used on bathroom and kitchen sinks; however, toilets can be damaged if the wrong type of cleaner is used. Carefully reading the labels of various drain cleaners, and switching over to an eco-friendly alternative are two solutions to prevent a problem. Plumbers will use the correct cleaning chemicals and snake tools to effectively remove the obstruction in the drain, without causing any additional damage.

When coming across these common plumbing problems, it is best to call a professional plumber who has the knowledge and experience to effectively repair the job, without wasting time and money. Art Plumbing, AC & Electric offer professional plumbing repair services for your needs.

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