When DIY Isn't Enough And You Need Professional Plumbing Help

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Nobody enjoys paying an unexpected plumbing repair bill, which is why many homeowners are turning to DIY for their plumbing repair needs. Sometimes, however, plumbing issues may be more involved than what a homeowner can handle and require the help of a professional plumber. Below are three such situations and why they should be handled professionally.

1. Sewage Backup

If you're dealing with sewage backup, whether from your toilet or your septic tank, it's important to call in the professionals immediately.

Sewage harbors bacteria and viruses that, when handled by the untrained, can cause serious illness. When sewage backs up into your home or yard, getting the problem taken care of immediately is vital not only for your health, but also for the integrity of your property and safety of your home. The cause for the backup can also be more difficult to fix, so even if you try to figure it out on your own, it'll likely require a plumber's experience down the line anyway.

2. Frozen Pipes

A burst pipe can cause thousands of dollars in damage and leave you with no proper plumbing. If you suspect a frozen pipe, it's time to call in some professional help.

No matter the reason for the frozen pipe, getting it properly thawed and looking for signs of breaks or cracks on the pipes is your top priority. Your plumber will know exactly what to look for, as well as how to effectively thaw it out with minimal damage to your home and plumbing system. While there are many successful DIYers who manage to thaw their pipes just fine, your plumber will have the equipment best able to handle the thawing process and can also ensure that the pipe's integrity hasn't been compromised during the freeze.

3. Pipe Leaks or Breaks

If you suspect a leaking or broken pipe within the walls of your home, it's not advised to handle it yourself.

Improperly handled broken pipes can cause serious water damage to your property and belongings and can cause mold and mildew to grow over time. If the pipe that you suspect is leaking is behind a wall, calling a plumber is the only way to get the situation properly assessed and fixed. Your plumber will know exactly where to look based on your observations and the clues they pick up through inspection. If wall panels need to be removed for repairs, your plumber will have the proper equipment and know-how to do so.

While it's certainly important that homeowners learn the basics of plumbing repair, some situations cannot be handled without the help of a professional. The above examples are just three of the most common, but if you're facing an issue that seems to be out of your range, contact a plumber like Mike Hensley Plumbing Inc immediately. 

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29 September 2015

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