Owning a house usually means maintenance and living the life of a DIY (do it yourself) warrior. While DIY may be a good option for redecorating or repurposing, there are some things that should rather be left to the professionals. Plumbing, beyond changing washers or taps and the occasional toilet plunging, is one of those.
A misdiagnosed problem or incorrect repair can lead to a fire that won’t be covered by your insurance. According to Canadian Firefighter magazine, the Council of Canadian Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners (CCFM/FC) report Fire Losses in Canada: Year 2007 and Selected Years, noted that “two percent” of all fires we caused by “cutting/welding or blow torch” equipment.
Other reasons why you should not do your own plumbing repairs are because:
- A plumber can do the job that might take you two full weekends in one day.
- If you misdiagnose a plumbing problem or do it incorrectly, you could make it worse.
- You could impact your own and your family’s safety.
- It may also be against the law for you to perform certain repairs and may require an inspection to comply with local building codes.
Here are some of the plumbing and household repair issues that you should not attempt by yourself:
Water Pressure: This is most likely due to a larger issue that should be left to a professional. Check to see if city workers have been in the area, and be aware that this could affect water quality.
Gas Line Plumbing: Natural gas is a dangerous fuel that can cause serious injuries when not installed properly and may even result in a fatality. Only licensed plumbers and gas fitters should be handling valves and appliance connections – it’s the law.
Re-routing, Replacing Pipes, or Frozen Pipes: Plumbing flows through your home like the blood vessels in your body. It can be confusing if you’re not a doctor, or a professional plumber. Replacing cracked and rusted pipes and thawing frozen pipes - in these situations, pick up your phone and call your Fast Service Plumbing and Gas Fitting plumber.
Installing / Repairing a Septic Tank: If you live in a secluded area that is not connected to the municipal infrastructure, call a 24 hour professional plumber who knows the safety procedures to follow and is in possession of the right qualifications, tools, and skills.
Main Sewer Line Clog: Signs of clogs in the main sewer line are water backing up out of a drain or the toilet, or a gurgling sound coming from the drains. Tree roots are the primary cause of a clogged sewer line, with feminine hygiene products, paper towels and even certain types of thicker toilet paper a close second – professional equipment is required.
When you need residential and commercial drain cleaning, routine plumbing maintenance or repairs, or you’re looking for an emergency plumber in Edmonton, contact Fast Service Plumbing and Gas Fitting at 780-718-3880 today for dependable service from start to finish in Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, and Spruce Grove.