Many small plumbing issues can be solved at home with the help of a drain cleaning chemical or a small bit of ingenuity. There are times, however, when it is not advisable to try fixing, or continue trying to fix, an issue on your own. Instead, you will need the help of a licensed professional. In an effort to help you know better whether or not your specific plumbing issue needs a licensed professional or whether you will be alright going it yourself, we have come up with a comprehensive list of a few issues which warrant professional help.
Clogged Drains: Drainpipes which have small clogs that have yet to cause much issue can often be handled with a drain pipe cleaner. If, on the other hand, you have something which is overflowing (such as a toilet or sink) or you have tried to resolve the issue to no avail, it is advisable that you now seek help. Please note that if excess water can not be removed from the area of the clogged drainpipe, you should not add any type of drainpipe cleaner, as the cleaner may end up spilling onto the floor or other areas of your home. These cleaners are chemicals, and could cause harm to you, your family, or your pets if used incorrectly.
Leaking Faucets: If you have tried to tighten up your faucet yourself, yet find that it is still leaking, you may need to call a plumber. The problem could be something more than a loose bolt, screw, or other piece of hardware. A licensed professional will be able to delve further into the issue for you. If you have tinkered with the leaking faucet, you should note that you need to place a cloth or another item over the drain over which the faucet is linking so that no hardware pieces are lost down the drain.
Leaks In The Yard: If the ground in your yard has suddenly become wet with no apparent reason (such as a rainstorm), you could have a very big emergency on your hands. Either the pipes located beneath the ground, your well, or your sewer system may have sprung a leak and this is one situation in which you should immediately call a professional plumber. It can be extremely dangerous to try handling this kind of situation on your own, and if left unchecked, these situations can cause irreversible harm to your yard and home.
Broken Pipes In The Walls: If a pipe has been broken inside of the walls,either during renovations or evident via a brown water spot, do not try to fix this issue yourself, as you could end up damaging the structure of your home. You should turn off your homes water supply if possible, and call a plumber immediately.