Homeowners with limited home-improvement skills often make minor plumbing repairs around the house, preferring to save money on what appears to be a small problem. Sometimes, however, a plumbing problem can be made much worse when not handled correctly, potentially causing extensive damage to your home and costing much more than it should have. If you know when to call a plumber, you will save yourself time and trouble in the long run.
Leaking slabs and water-pressure drops
A leaking slab means there is a broken water line underneath a concrete slab. These types of leaks are very difficult to find and will reduce water pressure throughout the house. If left unrepaired, the leak can eventually ruin your flooring and home furnishings, and drive your water bill through the roof. A licensed, experienced plumber can quickly and accurately locate the source of the leak with specialized leak-detection equipment, minimizing damage and cost.
If you're wondering when to call a plumber, a sewage smell should leave little room for doubt. The stench aside, a leaking sewer system is a potential health hazard. Raw sewage contains bacteria, viruses and pathogens. When raw sewage leaks in or around your home, do not attempt the repairs yourself. Immediately call a professional plumber who is equipped to handle these situations safely and reduce your risk of exposure.
Leaking tub drain
A leaking tub drain can ruin flooring and invite mold and mildew growth — a known health hazard. Although this is a simple repair, it requires a specialized tool to tighten the drain correctly. Without the tool and experience using it, serious damage to the tub's finished surface is possible, leading to tub refinishing or total replacement.
Undermount sink installation
Undermount sinks are commonly installed in solid-surface countertops, such as granite, marble and acrylic. If the sink isn't installed properly, it can detach from the countertop, causing damage to the sink and cabinets — and possibly even water damage. If you're not an experienced plumber, you should not attempt this installation yourself.
Protect your investment in your home. Instead of fixing a problem yourself, know when to call a plumber.
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