Being a homeowner means you will have plumbing problems at some point in time. Some problems require a call to a plumber, which is why one should be on your speed dial list. Keep reading to learn about situations when you may need to call a plumber and issues you can likely handle on your own.
In many cases, drain clogs can be cleared out easily by you. If you have a clog in your kitchen or bathroom sink, try to use your plunger to start with. If this does not work to unclog your drain, try an over-the-counter liquid drain clog product. Follow the instructions on the product to learn how to use it. If you still have a clog, then it is time to call your plumber, who has special drain cleaning tools he or she can use to dislodge the clog.
If you find a puddle of water under your kitchen or bathroom sink, the leak is likely at the joints in the pipes. To temporarily fix the leak, you can purchase joint fillers at hardware stores. Place the filler all around the joint until you see no water leakage. You could also use leak tape to tape up the leak. Once this is done, you need to call your plumber to have the problem permanently fixed. He or she will likely have to replace the pipe fittings or the entire length of the pipe.
If you have to jiggle the handle on your toilet to make it stop running every time you flush it, you may have a problem with the flapper valve not fitting properly, the fill tube being loose, or the float being imbalanced. You can purchase toilet repair kits at hardware stores to fix the problem yourself. The kit comes with complete instructions on how to replace each of these things.
In some cases, the problem may be more complex. If you used the toilet repair kit and you are still having the problem, there may be sediment affecting how the toilet flushes and fills back up. If you have noticed an increase in your water bills, you may have a leak and not know it. At this point, it is time to call your plumber.
If you do not have your plumbing problems repaired, it can result in much higher repair bills as the problem will become much worse.