Have you recently moved from an apartment into a home of your very own? Are you excited because now you'll be able to tackle all those little issues yourself instead of waiting for your landlord to get around to fixing them? Home ownership is great and is a wonderful way to take control of your living situation, but there are some things that you should never do on your own and should always leave to the experts. When it comes to your plumbing, some things that you should always call a plumber for include:
Stubbornly blocked drains
A drain that is slow-flowing or stopped up is not necessarily an immediate reason to call a plumber. You can certainly try plunging it out or pouring a bit of drain-opening chemical down to see if that helps. However, if it continues to be stubborn, one thing you absolutely should not do is continue to pour drain-opening chemicals into the sluggish or clogged fixture. Some of the chemicals in these drain cleaners may create a lot of heat, something that can seriously damage your plumbing. If the issue is caused by a collapsed sewer line or tree roots in the system, no amount of chemicals are going to fix these things. Call a plumber as soon as you can to investigate the issue and get things working again.
Replacing a faucet is a deceptively simple plumbing task, but it is one that has huge consequences if not done correctly. If the faucet has one type of pipe and your plumbing system has another, you have to take special care when connecting the two types of pipe or else you may be facing corrosion and leakage within a short amount of time. A professional plumber will already have the knowledge and supplies to do this, allowing them to replace the faucet quickly and efficiently.
If you want to add a sink to your laundry room, or move your shower to another corner of your bathroom, these are things that you should always have done by a professional plumber. Although you may think that you're "only" adding a few feet of pipe to your plumbing system, the consequences can be much more serious, including pressure drops or drains that don't work correctly. A professional will know how to add to the plumbing system so it won't affect the other fixtures in your home.