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5 Common Plumbing Issues You Shouldn’t Try To Fix Yourself

When plumbing issues occur, it can be hard to determine whether you should call a plumber or try to solve the issue yourself. Most of the homeowners try to solve the issues on their own to avoid hiring professional Toronto plumbers and spending on repairs.

There are some plumbing problems you should never try to fix yourself. Trying to handle these issues by yourself can actually cost you more money and end up causing serious damage to yourself and your home and lose its value. If repairs aren’t completed properly, you may require more extensive fixes in the future. 

Therefore, it is highly recommended that you hire a professional plumber for some jobs. Following are a few examples of problems that you shouldn’t handle on your own.

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Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common problem in Canada, and can often cause hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of problems for homeowners. If you try to fix them yourself you could run into more issues with pipes leaking or breaking, or even bursting. You could unknowingly make an issue worse, or cause whole new problems. Damage in one area of your waterline could compromise the entire network of pipes, so it’s important to stay ahead of the problem by notifying a professional plumber if you detect a leak. Rather than attempting to accomplish this issue on your own, a specialist plumber can fix any plumbing problem, ensuring that it’s permanently fixed.

Water Pressure Issues

Many people believe water pressure is a simple issue and can easily solve it. However, it’s not and this issue can be symptomatic of other, bigger, and more complicated issues. Many factors could be leading to low water pressure, and it’s a professional’s job to diagnose the cause of the issue. Finding out the root of the problem requires skilled diagnostic work and advanced tools that can give the plumber a thorough idea of what’s happening. Taking on the task without the plumber’s guidance could lead to lots of time wasted, and new issues created while trying to fix the old one. 

Getting plumber assistance will help you get to the root of the issue, instead of just scraping. A plumbing problem concerning the water pressure should be handled by a professional, whether it’s a cracked pipe, hidden leak, burst pipe, or a drop in pressure might be related to some hiccup in the municipal water. Therefore, call a plumber to visit your home. They will assess the water pressure and determine the best course of action for restoring your home’s water pressure to normal.

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Drain Clogged and Blockage Drain

A severe drain blockage can be frustrating especially if it is causing the sewage at your home to overflow. While you might think a plunger or snake or store-bought chemical cleaner will do the trick in the drains, pipes, sink, and toilets, especially if there’s more than one clog. People think that using a chemical cleaner, plunger or snake will easily remove the clogs. But, the truth is that there’s only a small chance that this will actually work. Moreover, the harsh chemicals found in chemicals and drain snakes can eat away at the walls of your pipes, eventually creating holes in the system. Even if it indeed unclogs the pipe, the problem will likely reoccur because the clog might also be deep in your plumbing network or you haven’t figured out the real cause of the issue.

Similarly, not every clog is caused by too much toilet paper or food waste particles. Tree roots can also cause great damage to your drainage system. A tree root that is growing inside the pipe system can affect the water flow, So, there could be a variety of problems that need professional help, especially problems with the pipe itself. If you find your sink or toilet clogged to where water refuses to drain, call your local plumber first, Everest Plumbers, we have the knowledge and required tools to locate the blockage and remove it safely and effectively. We have a high-pressure jet blaster and CCTV camera to fully inspect the pipes and the condition they are in.

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Broken Backwater Valves

The sewer system is likely to be in the basement or underground, and if it gets backed up, it could cause major damage to your home. The main cause of sewer backup is broken backwater valves. A backwater valve installed on your sewer system is designed to allow wastewater or sewage to flow one way out of your house and prevent backflow. During heavy rainfall, the city sewer lines can become overwhelmed and a backwater valve in the sewage will stop wastewater or sewage from flowing back into your house. If the sewer gets backed up, you may have an issue with your backwater valve. If there seems to be a problem in the backwater valve you shouldn’t try to fix it yourself. Trying to fix your backwater valve in your way could only add to the stress of having it backed up, so your best bet is to call your plumber. Moreover, a plumbing permit from your municipality is needed to fix or replace the backwater valve. A licensed, qualified plumber from Toronto has the required tools and knowledge to replace it. They will have a better idea of what’s causing the backup because they understand the ins and outs of sewer plumbing. Usually, they will cut a hole in the concrete floor near the floor drain, dig down to the main sewer line and replace it with the new valve.

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Broken Shut-off Valves

This is a problem that’s not easy to diagnose until you need to shut off your water to fix another problem. Besides, broken shut-off valves can create strong, steady leaks that waste tons of water. Replacing a broken shut-off valve in the home can be easy if the main shut-off valve between your house and your city water meter still works. But if the main shut-off valve needs replacing, then you need permission from the city water utility department to get them to shut off the water from the source and need a licensed plumber to replace or repair it. The process for replacing a broken shut-off valve differs depending on what kind of shut-off valve you have and what type of valve you’re replacing it with.

Performing minor repairs yourself can be a good way to save money, but for major projects and dangerous issues, attempting to follow DIY plumbing solutions often backfires and lead to more damages that end up costing more than professional maintenance.

If you notice issues with your plumbing, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Everest Drain & Plumbing for quick and solid solutions. We offer 24/7 hours emergency plumbing services to the residential, commercial, and industrial businesses in Toronto.

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