Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating
Thursday, September 01, 2016

Should You Repair It Yourself or Call a Professional?

For some homeowners, it makes sense to take care of simple fixes yourself. But how do you know when to call a professional?

What’s in your toolbox? Professional plumbers have a full toolbox for taking care of both the expected and unexpected. If you’ve got, say, a pipe wrench, plunger, plumber’s snake, pipe cutters, pipe bender and auger, then you’re in better shape than most homeowners.

What if a bad situation gets worse? This is the most pressing reason to call a professional first. If you’re fixing a broken pipe, for example, you don’t want to make a mistake that means now you’ve suddenly got two broken pipes to repair. A professional is prepared to prevent additional trouble and/or address other issues if they occur.

Water goes where it flows. If your project involves altering your plumbing system, call a professional. Adding water lines or re-routing pipes takes experience. Though it might not be “dangerous,” errors and unintended consequences can quickly get out of control – causing a huge mess and a lot of costly damage.

All Clear!

A clogged drain often comes with a few unfortunate side effects: bad smells, backed up sinks and inconvenient delays for your gatherings. Your best plan of action is to be proactive about keeping your drain pipes clear. And that takes a little planning ahead.

Keeping your drain pipes clean and clear can begin in simple ways:
 
  • The use of over-the-counter chemicals is not advisable.
  • Opt for the household fix-alls of baking soda and vinegar, to pour down the drain.
  • A professional drain cleaning service is your best bet.

Quick Tips for Perfect Pipes This Season

  • Know the location of the stop valve on your incoming water supply, and have it clearly labeled.
  • Check outside faucets to be sure that they aren’t leaking or dripping.
  • Have your water heater and other heating appliances inspected and serviced annually.
  •  A water heater needs to be partially drained periodically to keep sediments from building up and causing erosion and rust.

Give us a call if you have any questions about your plumbing system. A small investment now can mean huge savings in repairs and comfort in the future.

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