There are several things to consider here – your own skill level and experience in making repairs, whether you have the proper tools (and know how to use them safely), the potential for water damage if something goes wrong, and the urgency of the problem. Some of the most common situations where our customers request a plumber’s help are: water leaking through ceilings, no hot water, clogged drains, a faucet that won’t turn off, or water in the basement. For more information, you can read our blog post about when to DIY and when to call a pro.
If the pipes have frozen and burst, a plumber can fix them. If the pipes are frozen but have not burst, a plumber can remedy them by applying a heat gun to thaw them. For an interim solution, a homeowner could use a hair dryer to start the thawing process. A plumber’s main role and concern in this situation is to identify and fix the problem that caused the pipes to freeze. Check out our blog “Winter Vs. Your Pipes” for more information about frozen pipes.
In order to clear drains, plumbers carry sewer machines. Smaller drains, like those in sinks, can usually be cleared with a plunger. We also have video cameras to look inside piping and determine the cause of a clog, however, we very rarely use chemicals in drains as these are acidic and can cause damage to piping and sink finishes.
Plumbers know many different ways to increase water pressure. In 95% of cases, we can supply solutions to increase water pressure in a home to acceptable levels. Plumbers can also fix high pressure situations, which can cause serious damage to a home’s entire plumbing system.
Finding leaks is mainly a visual process: a plumber will inspect all of your pipes for leaks and may use a dye test kit to identify a leak in a toilet. We offer FREE dye test kits as a courtesy to our customers, just give us a call or use the Request Estimate form to let us know you would like one.