These days, many homeowners in Jacksonville, FL, are making more and more home improvement jobs, do-it-yourself projects. There are some jobs that are great DIY projects, such as repainting a fence or installing shelves in the garage; there are other home improvement projects that should not be DIY projects. A perfect example is plumbing jobs. Even though there are plenty of videos online that can teach you to perform certain plumbing jobs, you should leave the work to a licensed plumber. By avoiding calling a licensed professional and doing the work on your own, you are putting your home and your safety at risk. You could also be fined if you fail to get the necessary permits.
If your toilet is clogged due to someone using too much toilet paper, by all means, grab a plunger and get the clog to go down the drain. However, there are plenty of other jobs that should only be handled by a professional.
Clearing a Clogged Drain
If the drains are clogged, it can make everyday tasks difficult and even impossible. To fix a clogged drain, many homeowners will turn to a liquid drain cleaner. This is a mistake. These products are pretty expensive, and they aren’t guaranteed to work. Also, frequent use of these products can be very harmful to the pipes.
When you hire a professional to handle the job, you can be sure that it will be done safely and effectively. Plumbers have the tools necessary to unclog the drain, such as a plumbing snake and hydro jetting machinery. The plumber will also have access to a snake with a camera on the end so that they can see exactly where the clog is located. If your drains are clogged, it is best to leave the job to a licensed professional.
Clearing a Clog In the Sewer Line
Clogged sewer lines can affect the entire plumbing system in your home, and you should take the problem seriously. If the sewer is backed up, it can cause a flood, which can damage the floors, walls, your electrical system, and your personal belongings. If you believe that your sewer line is clogged, you should leave the job to a licensed professional. A professional will have the necessary equipment to remove the clog. They also have the knowledge and experience to get the job done correctly, without making the problem worse. The safest and most effective way to unclog a sewer line is to hire a professional.
Repairing or Replacing the Water Heater
The water heater in your home is one of the most essential appliances. Without a properly functioning water heater, taking a shower, washing dishes, and doing laundry can be impossible. There are several issues that would require repair or replacement. These include:
- No hot water
- The water isn’t getting hot enough
- Loud noises coming from the water heater
- Rusty hot water
- Foul-smelling hot water
- The age of the water heater
Water heater repairs are very complicated, and should only be handled by a licensed plumber. Repairing or replacing a water heater involves electricity. If you make one small mistake, you can be electrocuted. A slight mistake can make the problem worse or cause a significant flood in the home. Finally, if your water heater is under warranty and you try to make the repair yourself, the company will void the warranty.
A licensed professional has the training and the knowledge to repair or replace your water heater safely and correctly. If you want the job done right, it is best to hire a plumber.
Underground Plumbing Repairs
If you have an issue with your underground plumbing, such as a leak or a tree root growing into the plumbing, you should hire a licensed professional. Working on the pipes underground is much different than working on pipes inside the house. To handle the job, you will need special tools designed for working on the underground infrastructure. A licensed professional has these tools. Also, it is illegal to dig underground without a permit. If your city or town finds out that you are doing underground plumbing work without a permit, they can charge you a very steep fine. Since only a licensed plumber can be given a permit to make underground plumbing repairs, you need to leave the job to a professional.
Repairing a Burst Pipe
If a pipe bursts in your home, it is considered an emergency. First, you should turn off the water to the house to prevent more water damage. Next, you should call a licensed professional. Many homeowners will try pipe patches, but they are just a temporary fix. It would take the knowledge and experience of a licensed professional to get the job done right.
Replacing the pipes inside the home is a very complex job, and should only be handled by a licensed plumber. To get the job done right, you would need to get to the pipes, which isn’t as easy as it sounds. You would also need to have welding skills and follow safety precautions to avoid fire hazards. These are all things that a licensed plumber is trained to do. If you try to handle the project on your own and you make a mistake, you could end up with water pressure problems, leaks, and extensive damage to the plumbing system. When you hire a licensed plumber, you can be sure that the job will be done correctly.
If you are experiencing any plumbing issues, you should call Bert Norman’s Plumbing. We serve residential and commercial customers in the Jacksonville, FL Metro Area. Each of our technicians are highly trained, and they are licensed and insured. If you want the job done right, it is best to leave the job to us. We offer free estimates and emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today.