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Winchester PlumberHire a Professional Plumber To Avoid the Top 3 DIY Disasters

Professional plumbers invest years of their time, along with a lot of money, to become licensed and certified experts. They know the ins and outs of your sewer and water lines; consequently, their knowledge has the potential to save you money.

If you know when to call in the professionals, then plumbing disasters don’t have to happen to you. Follow some of these tips to know when to throw in the towel and call in a professional.

#1 Mixing Potent Household Cleaners To Dislodge Debris in the Drains

This is a popular cause of plumbing disasters in the home. The sink or toilet is backed-up, and it requires a prompt solution. Here are three products to avoid mixing together and pouring down the drain:

  • bleach
  • ammonia
  • caustic drain cleaners

You could be mixing a toxic solution in your home. This combination causes the release of a choloramine vapor, which attacks the eyes and skin. Respiratory concerns may have you calling your doctor. Save the magic concoctions for your professional plumber. You’ll save money in the long run.

#2 Fixing the Slow Leak in the Toilet or Hot Water Tank

Water usage in the city adds up. The monthly water bill can climb if you have a slow leak; indeed, hot water drips may have you questioning the electric company.

This always looks like an easy job. What can go wrong? The fixtures under the tank cover don’t look that complex; or do they? Hiring an unlicensed handyman with inappropriate tools might mean stripped threads. Now it’s a trip to the hardware store for the purchase of new water lines.

Ultimately, a continuing slow leak damages ceiling tiles downstairs, light fixtures and carpeting that has you digging deep into your pocket to replace; indeed, you will be calling the plumber eventually.

#3 Thawing Your Own Frozen Water Lines

Desperate times call for desperate measures. You get up to go to work and there is no shower. Though thawing your Winchester DIY Gone Wrongwater lines with a blow-torch is not recommended, some homeowners will try this solution to save money.

After the smoke clears, you will be calling in a pro anyway. Restoring your water lines is now a costly venture. Your days at Ocean City may turn into a stay-at-home vacation.

Call in a professional and save money, time and your own sanity.

We’ve seen too many DIY disasters. Save yourself the headache and call the professionals of Powell’s Plumbing at 540-665-8196 for service in the Winchester area!

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