It happens more often than you think, but a real plumber will try anything to save you from the expense and pain of a broken pipe or a clogged drain. So, if you find yourself in need of a plumbing repair, be ready for a long list of excuses, explanations, and explanations as to why they are unable to fix what you need. This article will give you a short list of some common plumbing repairs that real plumbers will tend to avoid due to their lack of experience or lack of creativity.
Clogged Drains are never fun, but real life is sometimes less than fun. Sometimes you are in a hurry and you don’t want to waste time rinsing your drain with the help of a plunger. Some plumbers will suggest using drain cleaners to clean the drain until it is clear. A real plumber might put chemicals in the drain to dissolve the clog, but this is neither cheap nor a very effective solution. Some people have even tried using a rusty hair dryer to clear their drain – note: never use a hair dryer on a drain!
Back Up Water The pipes in your home take a beating every day, and they aren’t made to withstand much abuse. Just because they are buried under the ground doesn’t mean they are indestructible! If you have ever had a clogged drain pop up on you, then you know how frustrating it can be when you can’t get water out and when you are running low on water and there is no water pressure to help! Sometimes all you can do is turn on the water valve to see if the water stops coming, but that doesn’t do anything to address the issue. Calling a plumbing repair service is the only way to get water flowing again!
Leaky Pipes Here is another one of those unfortunate times where a few simple things will suffice. A clogged drain can sometimes be as simple as a loose hose or a dirty trap. Take the time to clean the trap and make sure that no dirt is getting through. If you are a real plumbing pro, you will know exactly what needs to be done and will be able to fix it quickly and efficiently. The plumbing professional will also have the tools necessary to complete the job quickly and effectively, so don’t bother trying it yourself: call a plumber!
Galvanized Pipes If your plumbing system uses metal pipes, it can develop a patina over time that can be very attractive. Unfortunately, the metal can be more vulnerable to corrosion if it becomes wet and not dried quickly. A plumber can spray the entire plumbing system with an anti-corrosion agent to protect it and any other metal pipe that may come into contact with it. This can prevent corrosion of the pipe and is often less expensive than having the plumbing problem repaired!
Broken Plumbing If you notice a hole in the wall or some plumbing issue in your home, don’t delay: get it fixed as soon as possible! Even a small crack or leak can be very serious, particularly if it leads to moisture or the growth of mold. A lot of times people put off repairing a problem simply because it will take too long. And trust me: it’s NOT worth putting off! A broken pipe can cause a nasty leak that could damage your home or even lead to flooding.
Leaky Pipes If your home has been flooded recently (especially by rain) and the smell is quite potent, it’s probably a good idea to call in a plumbing professional. When pipes are leaking, they aren’t always being caused by issues with the drainage around the house. Sometimes the real problem lies deeper and within the pipe.
While there are definitely some real plumbing problems that cannot be fixed by just anyone, those are the exceptions. The vast majority of plumbing issues can be fixed easily and quickly by a real plumber. Don’t wait for a problem to get worse–you’ll save yourself lots of time and money!