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  • Writer's pictureDevon Kmet

5 times you should always hire a plumber

Updated: Aug 26, 2022

Many plumbing problems can be easily fixed by a homeowner such as a clogged toilet. But, how do you know if it is a DIY plumbing project or a plumbing disaster? Here are 5 times you should call a professional plumber to the rescue!

1. Your drains won’t drain

Does your kitchen sink keep backing up and won’t drain? This could be an easy fix of food particles or grease clogging the drain. However, if you have already cleared the clog and it keeps happening it could be a larger issue. Professional plumbers are able to come to your home with the necessary tools such as a snake and camera to see where the problem may lie. Take our customer, Devon Kmet’s story; her kitchen sink had been backing up off and on for a few months. Her husband would get it to unclog and drain but it began happening more and more. She hired Multi Lakes Handyman Services to come take a look and found that she had a collapsed pipe under her kitchen floor. So, even though clogged drains may seem simple, it often can mean a larger plumbing issue which should be addressed.

2. Low water pressure

If you go to wash your hands in your bathroom sink and the water comes out in a dribble, it may be a simple fix. Simply removing the aerator from the sink and soaking it in vinegar before replacing it should do the trick. However, if that does not fix the issue or you have low pressure in all waterways in your home then you need to call a professional plumber to assess the situation. Low pressure could mean a water main break, a blockage in the plumbing system or a burst/large leak in the plumbing itself.

3. You have no hot water

Not having any hot water after your kids both take hour-long showers is a struggle daily in my house. But, if you are noticing never having enough hot water, or it seems that the water temperatures fluctuate often, this could be a larger issue. Since a hot water tank generally is either electric or gas it is always best to contact a professional plumber to ensure you do not hurt yourself or damage your property. A plumber will be able to tell if it is as simple as the pilot flame going out, the size of your tank being too small, or a possible crack or leak in the hot water tank itself.

4. Toilet keeps overflowing

An overflowing toilet can have multiple reasons. Too much toilet paper being used, a toy being flushed down the toilet in our household ... .but if it is happening daily and you have already tried to plunge the problem away, it may be time to call a professional plumber. An overflowing toilet could be as simple as replacing the flapper or snaking the toilet drain. But when all these fail it may be a blockage in the sewer line caused by tree roots or debris. A plumber will be able to identify the problem for you and will know how to fix the issue quickly and efficiently so you don’t have to worry about not having a toilet in the house!

5. Major installations

At some point every homeowner will need to replace certain appliances such as a hot water tank, pressure tank or dishwasher. All of these are large jobs that should be done by a professional plumber. Hot water tanks may require electrical and gas lines to be replaced, moved or installed. This can be dangerous without the proper knowledge and tools. Also during renovations, if you are relocating plumbing for a toilet or bathtub you may want to look into hiring a plumber. They have the proper tools and knowledge of how to properly hook the plumbing lines back up and ensure the drains are properly in place so you don’t get sewage backing up into your home.

Hire a handyman for your plumbing needs

At Multi Lakes Handyman Service, our professional plumbers will work hard to diagnose and fix your plumbing problems. Small problems can add up. Did you know that a faucet that leaks a drip every second wastes as much water as six months’ worth of showers. No matter what the job is, we will get it done with integrity and efficiency. Give us a call.

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