Perhaps you’re having a problem with the pipes in your home? If that’s the case, you have two options. You can either complete a DIY repair, or you can call in the experts. What’s the right choice here? Well, there are two times you might just be able to handle the issue yourself and two others where it wouldn’t hurt to get a pro in. Mainly due to the fact that if you manage to screw things up, then you’re going to need to give them a call later anyway. As such, it’s best to get them on the phone sooner rather than later. But first, let’s look at two times where you won’t need the help of a plumber.
Unclogging A Toilet
You might think that unclogging a toilet is going to be a messy and a rather unpleasant job. Well, assuming you haven’t left it clogged for too long that doesn’t have to be the case. The best way to unclog a blocked toilet is actually quite simple. You can get started by filling up the bowl with water. Once you have done this, use a plunger to create an airtight seal. Give it two quick pushes. This is going to push the pressure of the water into the blockage and hopefully dislodge it. Take a deep breath and try flushing the toilet. With a little luck, the blockage will be gone, and the toilet will empty. Of course, sometimes this plan will backfire, and it does depend on the extent of the blockage.
Fixing A Broken Radiator
If you want to fix a broken radiator, you need to know what could be wrong with it. If it’s not heating up at all, that suggests that one of the valves is closed. Unscrew the cap, and underneath you’ll see a switch. Turn it, and this will allow water into the radiator so it can heat up. It’s as simple as that. Of course, this could be another type of blockage causing an issue. If that’s the case, then you should think about unscrewing the radiator from the wall and draining it. If you’re going to do this, lay down some coverings over the carpet and make sure that you have a bucket handy. Once unscrewed from the wall you’ll find that the water floods out fast. It can also still be hot if you don’t leave it a few hours after you’ve switched off the heating.
Ah, now we get to the first issue where things are going to get a little tricky. You’re definitely going to want to call in a plumber for a leaking pipe, that’s for sure. If you don’t then you’ll find that the issue does probably get worse as you scramble to fix it without the necessary know how.
Another issue where you need an expert would be when your pipes have frozen due to winter weather. This issue needs to be handled very carefully otherwise the pipes can break, and that will lead to an expensive repair.
We hope you see now when you don’t really need the expertise of a plumber and when you definitely do in your home.