Homeownership has its joys and problems, and plumbing repairs certainly make the list of “not-so-pleasant”. Plumbing is something we take for granted, often not noticing just how much we value and rely on it until it is gone.
Plumbing can also be a joy, however. Just look at all the home improvement shows and those amazing and beautiful kitchens and baths! We LOVE to have new plumbing fixtures to make a space more functional, more luxurious, or more attractive.
If you are a homeowner, one of the most important things you can do is understand the basics of plumbing so you know when to call an emergency plumber, when to call a regular plumber, or when you can do plumbing repairs on your own.
When to Call an Emergency Plumber
Emergency plumbers tend to be more expensive, and may only be able to provide a temporary fix. It’s important to know and understand this, so you don’t spend money necessarily.
Plumbing repair emergencies include:
- Water leaks where the shut-off valve isn’t working so there is a threat of flooding
- Frozen pipes that could burst, causing flooding
- Sewer line backups
- No water
- Coldwater/ Water heater failure
When to Call A Plumber
It is always best to call a plumber during normal business hours for non-emergency needs. Emergency hours are for fast fixes, and they come at a premium. During normal hours, plumbers have access to supply houses, enabling them to make any type of plumbing repairs.
Standard plumbing services include:
- Slow leaks (showers, toilets, faucets)
- Leaks that can be stopped with a shut off valve
- Low water pressure
- Drain cleaning (other than sewer lines)
- Preventative maintenance
- Water heater flush
- Leaking hose bib/ spigot
- Replacement of fixtures, faucets or toilets
- Garbage disposal repair/ replacement
- Water heater replacement
- Sump pump installation/ repair
- Installing plumbing
- Installing an ice maker line
- When a permit is required
When to Do It Yourself
There are several plumbing repairs or tasks you can do on your own if you have the time and skill level. There are several online resources to help you with this. Please remember, however, water and sewage can be dangerous, so know when to stop if you feel the task is getting over your head. There is no shame in calling a plumber.
Many of these repairs can be done after a trip to the hardware store. They are also tasks that can be quickly, easily, and expertly handled by your plumber on a routine visit.
Typical DIY plumbing repairs include:
- Replacing a showerhead
- Replacing a toilet seat
- Replacing a toilet flapper
- Resetting your garbage disposal
- Adding a water filtration device on your faucet
- Clearing hair from a sink or shower
- Retrieving a lost item from a sink drain
Overall, understanding the need for a plumber and having a good one to call for emergencies and general concerns, is important for every homeowner. It isn’t a matter of IF you will call for plumbing repairs, but simply a matter of WHEN. So, WHEN you are in need of a quality plumber – emergency, maintenance, or for new joy, give AC&R Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing a call.