With all the DIY videos on YouTube, doing your own home repairs has become a popular way to save money. But when it comes to plumbing, doing it yourself can lead to burst pipes, sewage backup, and other costly disasters.
Don’t take the risk: Know when to call a pro.
The following is a list of common plumbing issues you should not attempt to fix yourself. If you experience any of these issues, you need to call a plumber.
Low Water Pressure
The cause of low water pressure can be difficult to determine. It may be a warning sign of a clog or a leak. Or it could be a problem with the water company, like a burst water main.
Whatever the cause, attempting to fix the problem yourself is likely to damage your pipes and make the problem worse.
Most of the time, drain clogs are not hard to solve yourself. You should be able to unclog pipes with a simple drain snake tool or monthly application of a liquid drain cleaner like Drain-O.
But if a clog persists with little or no improvement after you try these methods, you need to call a plumber. Too many attempts to release a stubborn clog can cause too much pressure and damage the pipes. Excessive use of liquid drain cleaner can damage plumbing as well.
Frozen pipes are a plumbing emergency. If you experience frozen pipes, call a plumber as soon as possible.
Water expands when it freezes. When that happens in your pipes, it can cause pipes to burst. These burst pipes can flood your home or damage your foundation. Burst pipes are also extremely difficult to locate, reach, and fix.
Signs your pipes may be frozen include stopped water, clanking noises when water is turned on, or visible frost on the pipes. If you experience any of these, don’t hesitate to call a plumber.
Strange Pipe Noises
If you hear the sound of water running through your pipes when no one is using them, you probably have a leak. If not taken care of, this can quickly cause damage and even flooding in your home.
A gurgling noise is probably the sign of a blocked drain pipe that must be addressed. Call a professional for help.
Sulfur, Sewage, or Gas Smell
If you smell an odor like rotten eggs in your house, it might be the sign of a broken vent or burst sewer pipe. This would be extremely hazardous to your home and the environment. Get professional help right away.
Similarly, if it smells like gas in your house, leave the house immediately. Do not turn any electronics on or off, and do nothing that could cause a spark. Get out of your house, then call your utility company and 911 from outside.
Call a Plumber
Don’t ignore these scary warning signs. Call a plumber before things get much, much worse.