If you’re handy around the house you may be able to handle many plumbing tasks on your own. However, the more complex projects or reoccurring problems may require a professional Victoria plumber who has the level of skill and knowledge required to complete the task correctly.
Truth is as plumbers, we see many projects that have gone array due to a do it yourselfer that has got in over their head. What should you tackle on your own and what needs a pro?
Do it yourself plumbing tasks:
This is more like a thorough plumbing inspection. Many problems occur gradually over time and if you catch them early you’ll save yourself a tonne of money, time and energy dealing with a large repair in the long run. Here is a list of items to inspect.
- Look for signs of leaks – Look at all the exposed piping and run the taps while trying to spot a leak. Also feel around the area for any signs of moisture. If left too long leaks can cause structural damage by rotting out wood and drywall. Mold and mildew can also build up making your home an unhealthy place to be.
- Run taps and look for slow drainage- If any of the drains are running slow, it can be a clog waiting to happen. Simply use boiling water or a drain cleaner to clean it out. If the problem persists, it’s time to call a plumber.
- Assess water pressure- a little variance from tap to tap is normal, but if you have a slow tap it could be a symptom of a bigger problem.
- Flush toilet and watch for signs of water leakage- If your toilet is not sitting perfectly on top of the wax seal you should see signs of water coming out the bottom of the toilet where it meets the floor. This definitely needs a plumber as soon as possible. Nobody wants toilet water getting into the floor boards.
In the next blog post, we’ll explain when it’s time to call a plumber.