Having a clogged drain or a dripping faucet is not only frustrating, it can also add to your water bill. Your first instinct may be to grab the toolbox and fix the problem yourself. However, unless you have a lot of experience dealing with plumbing issues, you could cause more damage and end up with a large plumbing bill. Here are a few common problems that plumbing contractors end up being called for when things go terribly wrong.
Having to listen to the drip, drip, drip of a leaking faucet is enough to keep you up at night and distract you all day long. Most people will tighten the handle to try to stop it. This can then either strip or break the plumbing pieces. Now you will need to replace the whole faucet. While this is something you could possibly do on your own, you could easily end up with the same problem. If tightening the handle to just where it is putting up resistance does not stop the leak, contact a plumber.
When a drain is not draining correctly, the first thing to do is try using a plumber's plunger to release the clog. Make sure that there is no second drain connected to the one you are trying to unclog, such as a double sink in the kitchen, to create a vacuum so you are not just pushing the clog between drains. If that does not work, try using a chemical drain cleaner. If you still have a slow drain, it is time to call the plumber. Plumbing contractors are called often to repair pipes that have been damaged due to someone using a plumber's snake incorrectly. This can lead some major plumbing work.
When you have a clogged toilet, you need to know what is causing the clog. If it is toilet paper or something that is meant to go down the toilet, go ahead and use a plunger to try to free the clog. If, however, you are not sure what was flushed down the toilet, it is best to contact a professional to clear the clog. Using a plunger may end up pushing the item further into the trap or waste line. This will require the toilet being lifted. Once the seal is broken it is always best to replace it. To make sure everything goes back together properly, contact a plumber.
While plumbing repairs do not look difficult, if they are not done properly you will end up with leaks or broken pipes. Go ahead and try simple measures to fix the problem, but once you start to reach for tools other than a plunger, it is time to call in a professional business like Aaron & Son Plumbers.