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Common Plumbing Problems and Solutions

Plumbing repairs are the most widespread complaint of a homeowner. Sometimes there is a plumbing repair that can be done yourself, however, the question is when to call a professional plumber? For example, if you have a clogged sink or toilet, usually a plunger helps. After you use the plunger, flush the toilet and pay careful attention to how the toilet runs. You never want to continue flushing. Instead, remove the tank lid and push the tank ball down to close the flush valve. If the water overflows in the bowl, this indicates that there is blockage in the toilet itself or in the drain line. Keep an eye on your bathroom sink; because if it does not back up then the blockage is definitely in the toilet or very close. If your sink starts to back up, then that means the clog is actually further down the drain line and could be your sewer line.

However, if plunging your toilet still doesn’t help the clog, then you should call a plumber. The reason is, if you keep doing what you are already doing, you could damage your main wast pipe and end up with a stripped or leaky trap. Replacing or fixing those could cost you more than calling your local plumber to fix the clog. Most mainlines such as water and sewer is always a job that requires a professional plumber. This is something that an ordinary home owner should never attempt, because there may be tree roots in the pipe or the pipe may have a large break or leak. Once on the scene a plumber can diagnose the problem. Most plumbers will explain that most toilet blockages are the cause of a plastic item or sanitary products being dropped or placed in the toilet. If you can still see the item, immediately retrieve the item(s) before they do further damage. Other items that should be taken care of by a plumber include sump pumps and gas lines. The best way to avoid expensive plumbing repairs is to take good care of your plumbing. Avoid putting grease or hair down clogs. Remember prevention is the best way to preserve your pipes.

Successfully unclogging drains depends on a few simple tools and knowledge of the layout of pipes hidden in your home. Remember that before you call a plumber, make sure you know they are reliable and from a reliable company. Sometimes deals can be too good, especially in an emergency situation. Always do your research and be prepared.