Any time you face a plumbing job in your home, you're forced to decide whether you wish to handle the issue yourself or take a step back and call a licensed plumber. The average homeowner can often successfully perform some basic plumbing maintenance tasks with success, but there are other times that the do-it-yourself attitude can further complicate the problem. Remember that it's all right to swallow your pride and get some professional help. Plumbers are able to quickly diagnose the cause of your plumbing issue and can rectify the situation quickly and with minimal disruption to those in your home. Here's a trio of times that you should call the plumber right away.
A Child Has Flushed A Foreign Object Down The Toilet
Any home with young children is always at risk of a toy car, doll or action figure being dropped into the toilet and flushed. If the toy disappears out of sight, you've got a potentially serious problem that needs professional intervention. Don't try to retrieve the time yourself, as doing so can risk pushing it farther away. A plumber will be able to use tools, including a snake-like camera, to determine where exactly the toy has ended up and can use a variety of methods of retrieving it successfully.
A Tap Won't Stop Dripping
While it's possible for some people to fix dripping taps on their own, failing to deal with this common problem properly can lead to further complications. It's useful to arrange for a plumber to visit your home to address a dripping tap. Over time, this constant drip can inflate your water bill, leave unsightly water stains in your sink and, in general, annoy those in your home with its constant sound. Whether the repair job is simple, such as replacing a gasket, or more complicated, such as changing the fixture itself, having a professional handle the job will ensure it's done correctly and that you won't have to worry about the tap dripping again.
Pipes Rattle When Water Is Turned Off Quickly
Hearing the pipes rattle deep inside your walls upon turning off the water quickly is a phenomenon called "water hammer," and while it might sound annoying, it can eventually lead to a leak inside the wall. Having a plumber handle the job is the best approach, as this work often involves making a small hole in your wall and changing the configuration of the piping. This job might seem daunting to you, but it's all in a day's work for an experienced plumber.
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