Solving Basic Plumbing Issues & When to Call a Plumber

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The plumbing in your home is one of the most important functional parts. When it is not working right, it can range from being inconvenient to ruining your house. There are some plumbing repairs that you can do yourself, while others should be left to the licensed professionals. Here are some tips you can use to determine whether the job is something that you can do yourself, or whether you should get on the phone and find a pro.

emergency-plumbing-repair Some plumbing problems are things you can handle yourself. The best way to make this determination is to figure out if you can solve the problem without cutting into walls or shutting off the water at the street. One example of this would be fixing a leak at the bottom of your toilet tank. New flapper kits are very easy to install yourself; there is no reason to bring in a professional for that. However, if you notice that when you flush your upstairs toilet, water runs down into the ceiling of the pantry beneath the restroom, and you can hear the dripping, you definitely want to call in a professional.

Just because your cousin went to a couple semesters of plumbing school does not mean he is the person to fix the leak inside the wall behind the copper line that goes to your refrigerator. Instead, pay a little more money and hire a plumber who is licensed and insured. This will cover you in case the repair does not turn out well, and you need to get the resulting damage fixed. If someone has a license, though, it is less likely that he will bungle the job — and more likely that you will be happy with your plumbing job.

Plumbers Deciding whether to replace or repair different items can be difficult — and it can mean a big difference in terms of cost. Consider something as small as a garbage disposal. If you have dropped broken glass inside it by mistake, it can become unpleasantly loud each time you turn it on, and over time, the glass will tear up the disposal. However, if you are proactive and take the garbage disposal out and remove the glass before it can damage the internal workings of the machine, you can save yourself a lot of money — all you’ll need is some more plumber’s putty.

The toilet is one of the most important plumbing appliances in your home. Without a functioning toilet, you have no way to get liquid and solid waste safely out of your home — and least not without a major hassle. You want to keep an eye on your toilet and make sure that it functions properly. Even if the only problem is the tank running more than it should, that can lead to a water bill that is much higher than it should be. Take the time to keep an eye on your toilet.

If you are proactive, you can keep a lot of plumbing problems from creeping up on you at the worst time. One of the easiest ways of doing this is becoming a member of the Kare-Free club and maintenance tune-ups, front-line service, member specials & discounts throughout the year and more! >