Plumbing Jobs That Should Never be “Do It Yourself”

Homeowner Looking Very Concerned Under Bathroom Sink

We’re really not trying to challenge you with that blog title. We’re simply trying to help you avoid unnecessary costs and panicked calls to an emergency plumber in Raleigh & Durham, NC. While we’ll be there quickly to help with whatever your plumbing problem may be, we’d like to assist you in preventing a problem to begin with. That said, what are some plumbing problems and plumbing jobs that should simply be left to the pros?

Drain and Sewer Cleaning

We’re not talking about a superficial clog. For instance, if there is hair near the surface of your bathroom sink drain, you could probably remove it yourself. If it’s a little stubborn, maybe a plunger and a bit of elbow grease will help. But for drain clogs deeper in the line that you just can’t get to, we urge you to call the pros—this is usually the sign of a much bigger problem—the clog is merely a symptom.

When your drains become dirty and clogged from things like soap scum, too much hair, FOG (fats, oils, and grease in the kitchen) or other sticky substances, they start to collect gunk on their surfaces, leading to the clog. In order to eradicate this problem, the lining of the pipes needs to be cleaned.

Before you reach for that store-bought chemical drain cleaner, listen up! Or rather, read on. Despite how convenient and affordable they sound, these chemicals are not a cure-all for your drain. In fact, they’re the opposite, they’re one of the worst things you can put in your drains at all. They may be able to temporarily remove a clog, but they’ll also eat away at your pipes, eventually leading to corrosion and leaks.

What you need instead is professional hydro-jetting. A hydro jet is a hose that shoots hot, highly pressurized water into your plumbing system. Not only does this blow away any clogs you may have, but it cleans the interior of your pipes. It’s natural and does not damage your pipes. It is, however, very powerful and should only be handled by a trained pro, as to avoid injury.

Thawing Frozen Pipes

We hope you’ve never had to deal with this problem, as it can be a pretty damaging one. Frozen pipes lead to burst plumbing and extensive water damage. But it’s not actually the freezing process that causes pipes to burst, but rather the thawing. This is because the pressure inside your pipes builds up as the pipes thaw.

For this reason, we never recommend trying to thaw your plumbing on your own. You may end up doing more harm than good to your own plumbing system. Additionally, you may injure yourself and end up with thousands of dollars in repair costs for the property damage that gushing water can cause.

Repairing Pinhole Leaks

Okay, hear us out on this one. There are actually quite a few methods of repairing pinhole leaks, and in most cases, a handy homeowner can fix it on their own. However, if you’re repairing one pinhole leak after another, it’s the sign of a bigger problem.

This usually means corrosion is affecting a section of your plumbing, or perhaps even your entire plumbing system. The best thing to do in this case is call in a pro, so we can inspect to see what’s going on. Depending on the cause, we may recommend whole house repiping.

At One Call Plumbing, we are “blending technology with traditional values.” Contact us today for superior plumbing services!