Knowing how to fix a leak or find a blockage in your home’s plumbing system can be valuable skills. It’s important to be familiar with as much of your home as possible so you understand the potential time, effort and cost of repairs when problems occur. However, some issues are too specialized for even the most experienced DIYer. There are some plumbing emergencies that no homeowner should attempt to resolve on their own. Here are a few situations and reasons why, in some cases, it’s best to just leave things to the professionals.
Damaged Water Lines
Whether due to a freeze, blockage or rust, it’s possible for your main water line to crack or break entirely. You might notice a decrease in water pressure or even no running water at all within your home. If you attempt to look for the problem on your own, you’ll eventually realize that all the pipes and fixtures in your home seem to be working just fine. Main water lines run off of your property and into the street; a break or fracture can occur anywhere along this path. Not only are you unable to access these pathways, but they can be much larger than indoor pipes. Leave these repairs to a professional with the right tools and city certifications.
Installing a new appliance, such as a water heater, might seem like a fairly easy task. It’s just a matter of connecting gas and power lines, right? Unfortunately, there are a number of things that could go wrong along the way. Installing an electric heater requires handling up to 240 volts of electricity. A gas line, if not properly attached, could leak, leading to a decrease in indoor air quality and an extremely high risk for fire and explosion. Only qualified plumbers should be installing appliances, especially those connected to utility systems in your home.
Even if you know exactly how to take apart or replace a faulty pipe or fixture, doing so may cost you more money than you save doing it yourself. Plumbing parts and systems often come with warranties, guaranteeing replacement or repair if anything unexpectedly fails. Sometimes, these warranties are only observed if a professional service handles any maintenance. Attempting to complete the project yourself could potentially void the warranty, causing you to lose out on any future coverage.
Above all else, personal safety should be your main priority. A lack of experience working with tools or equipment could result in permanent injury or even death. Our Plumbers are trained and certified to work on all parts of a plumbing system. Even if something were to happen to them, companies are insured to take care of their employees in case of an emergency or injury. Leave the work to the professionals so you can safely sit back and enjoy a fully-functioning plumbing system.
Plumbing Professionals in Seattle
At South West Plumbing, we understand how frustrating it can be to deal with unexpected plumbing problems. You can trust us to get your home back in order as quickly as possible whenever you need plumbing maintenance or repair. Contact us today to schedule a service appointment.