Many homeowners and property owners take on DIY plumbing jobs as a way to save some money and perhaps try something new. This is not a problem if you are changing a faucet or a showerhead, but there are some plumbing fixes that you should leave to the professionals. These are jobs that require specific technical knowledge as well as special equipment. We have put together a list of some plumbing fixes you should not try. You will be better off leaving these to the experienced plumbers like those at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of New Jersey.
Frequently Clogged Drains
Unclogging a drain is easy enough. You just pour a chemical drain cleaner down the line and let it do its magic – right? Sure, but not really. These products marketed as quick solutions also have a list of ingredients that include harsh chemicals. These chemicals can deteriorate your pipes and do more harm than good.
The alternatives are household concoctions, plungers, and drain snakes. These can dislodge shallow clogs, but they can also just push the blockage deeper down the drain line. If you are experiencing frequently clogged drains, then it might be time to just clean the drain line. Professional plumbers use hydro jetting technology to thoroughly clean the inside of the drains for seamless flow.
Replacing a Toilet
If you were to read or watch a tutorial on how to replace a toilet, you would probably feel confident. The steps seem straightforward, but don’t be fooled. There is a lot of risk of mistakes and these mistakes can be costly considering your toilet is responsible for disposing of human waste.
At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of New Jersey, we have taken many calls to correct some of the mistakes caused by DIY plumbing fixes. One problem is not shutting off the water line properly or even damaging the water line. The good news is you will notice these mistakes quickly.
A more subtle mistake involves the seal. If the seal is not tight, then you can expect leaks into the flooring, eventually causing water damage and exposing you to harmful bacteria, pathogens, and microbes.
If there is a little chance of mistakes when replacing a toilet, there is a lot more when replacing or installing a water heater. This is especially because electricity or gas are involved when it comes to a water heater installation. If the electricity is not properly shut down, you run the risk of being electrocuted. Similarly, improperly replacing the gas lines can cause a gas leak.
Fixing Leaking or Burst Pipes
Locating a leaking or burst pipe is challenging and can cause a whole lot of damage as you open up walls to access the pipes. A professional plumbing company such as Mr. Rooter Plumbing of New Jersey, however, uses sophisticated technology to perform non-invasive leak detections.
Even if the pipe is visible, removing and replacing the pipe requires special techniques and equipment such as a torch to fuse the pipes together. Why risk water damage and a headache when you can just call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of New Jersey for quick, reliable, and affordable service?