If you have read this blog previously, you already know that we are not major advocates of DIY plumbing attempts. We understand that there are a lot of handy homeowners out there, but we also remember all of those service calls that we’ve either had to make or that were more serious than they should have been due to botched DIY service attempts. But there are certain scenarios in which you may be able to help your plumbing system on your own.
We are going to share some of these below, but remember that ultimately it all comes down to your own discretion. Different homeowners have different background knowledge and confidence levels in completing relatively “minor” plumbing services. The surest way to land yourself and your plumbing system in trouble is to take on a task that you don’t feel comfortable with.
Here are some examples of common and basic plumbing services in Brandon, FL.
Backed Up Toilets
If your toilet is backed up then your first course of action is probably not going to be to pick up the phone and contact a trained professional. You have a plunger, likely within reach, for just this reason, right? By all means, go ahead and plunge to your heart’s content.
In some cases, though, this won’t do the trick. The toilet may overflow. Water may be forced up through drains. You may experience a serious backup. The important thing to remember is that you can only take DIY so far. As it becomes clear that a simple plunging won’t suffice, then you need to call in the pros.
Inoperable Garbage Disposals
This is one of those situations that may not seem too serious. You can unclog your garbage disposal on your own, right? Well, without getting into any nasty details, let’s just say that there are plenty of individuals that have bemoaned those same feelings of over-confidence on their way to the emergency room!
Do you need to contact a professional plumber the moment that you notice your garbage disposal is not working properly? No. If it is not coming on, check the circuit breaker. You can also press the reset button found on the unit itself. If that doesn’t work, you may need repairs. If it’s a clog that you’re dealing with, never put your hand into the disposal! Kill the power completely, and try rocking the impeller a bit with a wooden spoon or dowel. Shine a flashlight down and nab any obstructions with a pair of needlenose pliers. If you can’t get the job done in a few minutes, then it’s probably time to make the call.
We wanted to close with this one in particular because, while it is something that you can attempt to resolve on your own, most homeowners go about it in the wrong way. Case in point: using chemical drain cleaners. We’d suggest that you just throw your money right down the drain instead—but that would make the clog worse.
These cleaners are ineffective, and they are not environmentally friendly. By all means try to remove a clog with a coat hanger, a cleaning solution like vinegar and baking soda, or even a small hand auger if you have one. Because these clogs may be deep within the drain, though, you may need professional drain cleaning services to complete the job.