When it comes to home do-it-yourself projects, there are some projects that are best left to the professionals. This is particularly true when it comes to plumbing problems. Minor plumbing problems like the occasional clogged drain can be safely tackled as a DIY project. However, when it comes to tough plumbing problems, you're going to need a plumber. Here are three plumbing problems you should get help with.
Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure in one or two of your faucets could simply mean you've got clogged aerators. Those are the little strainer adapters that are attached to the end of your faucet. Removing the aerators and rinsing them out should clear up the problem. However, if you have low water pressure throughout your home or the water pressure is reduced significantly in one faucet when water is turned on in another area of the house, you'll need to contact a plumber. You could have a leak in your main water line. Your plumber will be able to run pressure tests to determine where the problem is stemming from.
Sewage back-ups can be a big problem, especially if the sewage is backing up into your home. Whether you're connected to a septic tank or your home is connected to a municipal sewer system, sewage back-ups shouldn't be taken lightly. If you discover raw sewage backing up into your bathtub or leaking out from around the base of your toilet, you need to contact a plumber immediately. You could have a clog in the main line – such as tree roots or even a dead animal that's crawled in – or the sewer pipes could be damaged.
Frozen Water Pipes
If you've got a frozen pipe under the sink, it can probably be cleared with a hair dryer or by simply letting the pipes thaw. However, if the water pipes under your sinks – or in your attic – look like they've expanded from the frozen water, you should call a plumber. If a significant amount of your water pipes have frozen, your plumber will need to determine the extent of the damage.
You can prevent some freezing by doing a bit of advance work when you know the temperatures are going to dip below freezing overnight. One way is to leave a faucet on to a slight drip. This will allow water to continue moving through the pipes, which will reduce the threat of freezing. Another way is to wrap newspaper or towels around your interior water pipes and secure them with duct tape. The insulation will help prevent freezing.
If any of the plumbing problems described sound familiar to you, be sure to contact your plumber immediately. Be sure to ask them about helpful tips to prevent plumbing emergencies.