Usually, most homeowners or renters have a few tools such as a wrench or other essential tools that may be needed to handle a small plumbing emergency. There are times when a slow drain or a clogged toilet needs just a little muscle and a plunger to fix the problem.
If you are the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) type, it is ok to handle a small repair such as replacing a drain cover or changing out a worn out washer. However, there are times when you will require the services of a professional. Although DIY repair may temporarily fix the problem, it could lead to something bigger if the issue is not addressed by a professional plumber Pickering.
Do Plumbing Maintenance Schedules
To prevent expensive plumbing repairs, thorough inspections should be done regularly to prevent issues from sneaking up on you like:
– Problems with pipes
– Leaky sink drains
– Water leaking underneath water heaters
– Leaks in sheetrock/plaster
– Porous Tile/ Wood Flooring leaks
Problems with pipes is something that you must catch early on before it grows worse. Leaks in sink drains and below water heaters can cause structural damage. Wet sheetrock or wet plaster can grow mold quickly. Porous tile and wood flooring that gets wet from leaks will warp or discolor.
When doing your own plumbing inspection, this is the time when you should pay attention to things that you normally do not look at when it comes to plumbing. Take the time to look at any minor concerns such as exposed pipes behind toilet tanks or under sinks. Make sure to check to see if there is any moisture. Also, look for any signs of corrosion. If you identify any signs of corrosion, take a note of it because this could be the beginning of a slow leak.
While inspecting, should also monitor the water pressure. This can be done by turning on the water faucets in your shower, sinks, and tub. Check to make sure that the water has a steady flow from each faucet. In addition, pay attention to how the water drains to make sure there are no slow or clogged drains. Toilets should also be flushed to check for running water or leaking at the base which signifies a broken wax seal that needs repair.
Call a Professional Plumber
After conducting a thorough plumbing inspection of your home, you should also consult a professional plumber for maintenance. A licensed plumber can perform a variety of advanced maintenance duties to include:
– Drain treatment to maximize flow rate
– Pressure tests to detect hairline leaks
– Cleaning of water heater and garbage disposals
– Water pressure assessment and adjustment
Even the most well-done DIY plumbing inspection will not solve some leaks and problems. During these times, a plumber with the right skills and equipment can handle any repair job that may be more of a challenge for you.