Owning a home requires a significant amount of maintenance. While many homeowners pride themselves on their ability to make minor repairs around the house, there are some projects that shouldn't be tackled by an amateur. When it comes to plumbing, many repairs are better left to the professionals.
Here are three types of common plumbing repairs you may be tempted to complete yourself, but should be handled by a qualified plumber instead.
1. A leaking toilet.
If you notice that your toilet is running more than usual, you may have a leak in the toilet itself. While homeowners can easily replace a faulty flapper without much difficulty, more complex repairs require the attention of a skilled plumber. If you find that you have to remove the tank of your toilet in order to access the leak, call a plumber.
Many toilets come equipped with brand-specific and specialty parts that can only be tracked down by a professional. Relying on the services of a plumber to repair a leaking toilet will ensure that your toilet continues to work properly well into the future.
2. A leaking faucet.
The drip-drip-drip of a leaking faucet can not only be irritating, it can be costly as well. Leaking faucets account for a significant amount of wasted water inside America's homes. In fact, it only takes 4,000 drops to waste an entire liter of water. While you might be tempted to tackle a faucet repair on your own, it's better to leave these plumbing repairs to a professional.
Plumbers have access to specialty tools (like a handle pull) that allow them to use pressure points to remove your faucet. These tools prevent the faucet itself from sustaining any damage (like the scratches and gouges that can be caused by removal with a screwdriver) and eliminate the need to purchase new faucets in the near future.
3. Leaky pipes.
If you spot a leaky section of pipe, you may think it will be simple to replace the compromised section with a new one. Much of the plumbing in your home is likely made of copper or steel.
This means that you will need to solder the joints of the new pipe section to the old pipe; a process that can be difficult for an amateur. Incorrect soldering can allow the joints to leak in the future, so your problem won't really be solved long-term. Contacting a plumber ensures that a leaking pipe will be replaced without the threat of future leaks due to poor soldering.
Don't hesitate to contact a professional plumber (such as one from Aumenta Plumbing & Heating Co.) to tackle the plumbing repairs in your home. Doing so could save you time, energy, and money in the future.