Aside from offering a few very funny videos of cats, the Internet is the world's greatest tool for the do-it-yourselfer. From drywall installation tips to gardening advice, there is no end of support for most of the homeowner tasks we all face, large or small. And help dealing with plumbing issues is no exception. Simply type, "clogged drain" into Google results in an avalanche of solutions and how-to videos from reputable sources. As with any internet-based source of information though, it's wise to confirm that the advice that you're getting is sound advice.
Any problem that has a large number of people claiming to have a solution, it's tough to know how effective the solution actually is, or whether you're simply in over your head in dealing with the issue. Let's face it: in the DIY-era, nobody likes to call a professional service if they think they can tackle things themselves. But some stop-gap solutions can become far more costly in the long run if handled improperly, and that's when it's better to get help from a professional plumber.
To help you decide when a plumbing problem might require the services of an expert, here are a few things that might become a challenge for even the most talented DIY'er:
When most homeowners notice slow drainage in the sinks or frequent toilet back-ups, they reach for a chemical drain cleaner. While this might provide temporary relief, the problem could be due to a blockage in the main line leading out to the municipal sewer. Sometimes this is caused by a stuck object that is resulting in the further accumulation of waste. More seriously, there could be an outside issue such as overgrown tree roots or a partially collapsed pipe. Recovering from a basement full of wastewater because of an issue that wasn't detected earlier can cost a lot of time and money, not to mention stress. While equipment such as power snakes can be rented to try to fix the problem, it's best to have a pro accurately diagnose the cause of major back-ups.
Our London Ontario plumbers at BEST Plumbing and Drainage have seen their fair share of discount shower surrounds that were slapped into a basement corner or dangerous combinations of water and electrical services underneath a whirlpool tub installation. Unfortunately, by the time our experts are called, sweating pipes, leaky joins and drywall rot have already caused a significant amount of damage. Particularly if you need to move pipes to accommodate a new bathroom, it's best to stick to picking out the fixtures and tile and let a professional plumber do the heavy lifting. Besides, major plumbing renovations in this city require a building permit, and a London Ontario plumber will help ensure that everything is up to code.
A clog that affects supply lines is common to older homes but can also affect newer ones. In older pipes, hard water build-up can accumulate over time and interrupt the flow. In newer or renovated homes, it is more common to see water pressure affected by DIY installations that include improperly sized pipe for the application. Most people don't realize that pipe size is also regulated by municipal building code, and pipes that are too small can quickly result in blockage. A professional plumber is able to determine if the pipes themselves are causing the water pressure issue and fix the problem.
Handling things yourself is part of the pride of home ownership. But don't let serious problems get out of hand. Contact the experts at BEST Drainage & Plumbing Contractors and let us help you solve your plumbing and drainage issue.