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When to call a Richmond BC plumber

Knowing when to call a plumber isn’t always easy for Richmond residents. When you rent a home and something goes wrong, you simply have to call the landlord and place the issue in his hands. When you’re homeowner, however, it’s your responsibility to handle things like plumbing mishaps when they arise. But how do you know when to call a plumber and when to deal with the issue on your own? Here’s a quick rundown of the kinds of issues that should send you to the professionals.

If the problem involves shutting off the main water line, that’s a job for the professionals. Turning of the main line to city water isn’t just a matter of flipping a switch. It requires special equipment, both to turn off the water and to clear the line. That’s not something a homeowner can do on his own.

Similarly, any plumbing issues that involve the gas lines should warrant a call to a plumber. If you don’t know what you are doing, messing about with the gas lines can be very dangerous. A damaged gas line, loose pipe fittings or gas leaks can potentially cause a fire or explosion if not dealt with professionally, so never attempt to deal with these issues yourself.

Issues with the water heater are best left to the professionals. Water heaters are deceptively complex systems and there are many things that could potentially go wrong in the process of trying to fix a problem. One wrong move could make a small leak worse and could also potentially add other issues on top of that. Add to that the fact that fixing a water heater involves both water and gas (or electricity) which can be a very dangerous combination for the inexperienced. Don’t put yourself at risk; call a plumber instead.

If you suspect there is a leak in your pipes either behind the wall or under the floor, don’t try to address the issue yourself. Unless you really know what you are doing, you could make the issue much bigger than it originally was in the process of trying to locate the source of the problem. Call a plumber instead. They have the tools and experience to find the source of the leak and to fix it without causing much damage to your home.

A clogged drain is a commonplace plumbing problem that can usually be handled by a homeowner. However, if you encounter a clog that is particularly resistant to your usual remedies, it might be a good idea to call a professional plumber to help. A stubborn clog can be a symptom of a more serious issue, such as blockage deep down in the system or an issue concerning the septic tank. Where a clog doesn’t respond to traditional home remedies (plunging, drain cleaners, etc.) a professional plumber will have advanced tools and techniques to clear the blockage and remedy the underlying problem.

When it comes down to it, if you are in doubt, call a plumber. You’ll never regret paying for plumbing services if it means keeping yourself and your family safe. A plumber such as those at Taproots will get to the bottom of whatever issue you are experiencing and fix it.