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Emergency Plumbing Repair

While cable home improvement shows are great entertainment, they’ve inspired homeowners that “it looks so simple on TV that, if I do it the exact same way, I can do it myself.” If we’re talking about constructing a pergola over the patio or replacing a door with a solid wood door, then that’s admirable.

How DIY Plumbing Can Be Dangerous?

Emergency Plumbing Repair

While cable home improvement shows are great entertainment, they’ve inspired homeowners that “it looks so simple on TV that, if I do it the exact same way, I can do it myself.” If we’re talking about constructing a pergola over the patio or replacing a door with a solid wood door, then that’s admirable.

It’s when homeowners who aren’t licensed plumbers try to effect repairs themselves then an emergency plumbing repair expert is required. There might be plenty of tutorials online or classes at the local big box store for homeowners to try their hand at DIY plumbing, but the background knowledge would be missing. That’s what causes damages down the road requiring a professional for emergency plumbing repair, like these.

Limited Knowledge Of Tools And Technology

Technology has finally made it to the bathroom. DIYers who want to repair their own bath facilities need to become educated in touchless faucets and toilets, smart toilets, smart showers, and smart water heaters. They must also know all about Bluetooth showerheads, tankless water heaters, and hot water recirculators.

That’s just in the bathroom. DIYers should also know all about smart irrigation, leak detectors, and greywater systems. These are all part of the plumbing system in your home. If all this leaves homeowners’ heads spinning, think of the tools you’ll have to have on hand with which to repair them.

Most homeowners have on hand a variety of wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, and ratchet sets. However, pros who tend to emergency plumbing repairs  have threads, els, tees, and joints requiring specific tools . Since most homeowners aren’t knowledgeable, licensed plumbers, they won’t have the right tools.

This can cause serious damages if homeowners try to make repairs with the wrong tools. Plumbers make repairs look so easy, because they have the right tool for any emergency plumbing repair. 

To avoid water damages to the home, DIYers should leave the emergency plumbing repair to the experts.

Safety Hazards

Since the plumbing is usually out of sight behind walls, most homeowners have no idea which are bringing water into the house and which are taking it out. Nor are they generally aware that waste is carried out through pipes, and that venting is required for safe gas removal.

Now that homeowners know that, they should also know that DIY plumbing repair could misfire and contaminate the public water supply. Before trying to repair plumbing yourself, be aware of what’s in the pipes: is it raw sewerage, gas, or water under pressure?

This is a small sample of the safety hazards to which DIYers are susceptible:

  • Failing to turn off the water. This can cause water damages to the floors and walls that will be expensive to repair.
  • Failing to consider what’s in a drain before cleaning it. Most homeowners know not to pour drain cleaners down clogged drains. Instead, they take off the sink trap to clean out the clog. What they don’t consider is what will pour out of the pipes and in what direction it will pour when removing the sink trap.
  • Failure to protect the eyes, hands, and lungs. Wearing eye protection, gloves, and a mask is vital to the homeowners’ health when working with anything, but especially with plumbing. Anything coming out of pipes and drains can splash into the eyes, especially if there are chemicals involved. The same goes for the hands. Dust particles, rust particles, gas, and other unsavoury things are inhaled if homeowners aren’t wearing a mask.
  • If homeowners are preparing a room for emergency plumbing repair, it’s best to let the professionals drill holes and use heat tools like solder around insulation. Homeowners can be hurt by tools they don’t use every day.
  • Failure to read the instructions. Machinery and chemicals are notorious for harming those who don’t use them according to the recommendations. The warning labels are there for a reason, and homeowners should know whom to call should an emergency arise.

Regulatory Hazards

Emergency plumbing repair is generally the recourse of DIYers who didn’t research codes properly. When homeowners sell their houses and an inspection is done, any work the DIYer has done outside code will have to be redone and reinspected before the sale can go through. That’s costing the homeowner twice what it would have cost had he had it done by a pro in the first place. Homeowners should pay special attention to these codes:

  • Improper or no venting. Venting is vital in order to separate raw sewerage and its gasses from living spaces.
  • No or inaccessible cleanouts. Cleanouts are where plumbers unclog drains or check on sewerage lines. Most homes have one outside in the yard, while all homes should have one in a garage, bathroom, or laundry room.
  • Not using specifically sized drain pipes. Drains have to have certain size pipes. Too small, and the drains take forever to drain. Too large, and other problems happen which could cause water damages. To avoid this, stay in code with the right size drain pipes.
  • Water heater pressure relief valves not installed properly. When something containing built-up pressure explodes, it kills people. That’s the main reason emergency plumbing repair should be completed by a pro, who knows when, what, where, why, and how.

The water in the heater or the temperature thereof reaches a certain level and stops there. If it doesn’t and the temperature rises, the heater can explode. A T and P valve stops that from happening by equalizing the pressure or lowering the temperature. Some homeowners plug the dripping water, thus setting the stage for an explosion. Call the pros fast.

  • Improperly installed sink traps. If yours is aged or in need of replacement, let the experts do it. They know that an S trap is out of code. You might not. You also won’t know that they don’t include vents which are definitely against code.
  • Using illegal materials. Pipes, for instance, that is up to modern code are made of copper, plastic, or steel. Anything else is illegal or against code. Make sure the fittings are lead-free, or you’ll be in violation of code. Better yet, let the experts take care of it.
  • Failure to plan enough space for toilets and vanities. Today’s accepted space around a toilet is 15 to 18 inches. Vanity space is a little different at 30 inches deep and 48 inches of clearance from the sides.
  • Water shutoffs that fail to function. If you can’t turn off the water, it makes little sense to repair the plumbing. If a DIYer added plumbing with no shutoff or one that doesn’t function, then he has violated code as well as prevented himself from making repairs.

Homeowners may check with their city, county, and/or state offices to find a list of codes, or they can look online.

More Damage

At some time, every plumbing company has aired a commercial portraying a homeowner with a wrench in his hand, a dismayed look of panic on his face, and water gushing out of something. When a non-expert tries to fix something he knows nothing about, damages can happen.

It isn’t just gushing water right in front of your face. It’s water damages from leaks of origins that aren’t readily apparent. It’s frozen pipes you didn’t notice or reduced water pressure due to burst pipes beneath the house. By the time you see it, you could fish in the lake the burst pipes have caused. To avoid more damages, call in the experts.

Homeowners with the DIY inclination but having no knowledge of plumbing should call the professional, especially for emergency plumbing repair. We have the knowledge, experience, tools, technology, and diagnostic expertise to understand your plumbing problem and fix it the right way the first time. We’ll work with your time frame, budget, or help you deal with emergency plumbing repair when you call us today.

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