Don’t Try This At Home: Plumbing Issues You Should Not Attempt to Fix on Your Own

If you are experiencing a plumbing issue, you may be tempted to tackle it on your own before calling a plumber.  However, there are some problems that are too dangerous for even the most skilled do-it-yourselfer to take on.  If you encounter any of the below, you should call a plumber immediately.

  • Badly Clogged Toilets– If you have attempted to unclog your toilet by plunging and have been unsuccessful, the clog may be in the pipes below.  Clearing this will require special plumbing tools and possible removal of the toilet in order to reach the clog.
  • Burst Sink Pipes– If a pipe in your home bursts due to corrosion, rust, or cold weather, shut your water off and contact a plumber immediately.
  • Faucet Malfunctions– If you have a faucet that will not stop running, use the valve under the sink to shut off the water, then call in a professional to investigate the problem.
  • Foundation or Slab Leaks– If you notice wet floors in unexpected places, damp soil around the perimeter of your home, low water pressure, and/or an unexplainable spike in your water bill, you could have cracked pipes under your foundation and should call a plumber straightaway.
  • Gas Line Leaks– Gas leaks are highly dangerous and can lead to fatalities. If you detect the unmistakable smell of rotten eggs, you should exit your home immediately and call both the gas company and a plumber.
  • Water Line Leaks- If you begin to experience poor water pressure and are noticing a musty odor in the air, you could have a leaky water line.  Such leaks cause mold growth in the walls and floors of your home and also threaten the stability of the home’s structure.  This is an emergency that should only be handled by a professional.

At Barker & Sons Plumbing, we understand plumbing problems are both unplanned and inconvenient.  Let our experienced staff provide you with fast, friendly same day service.  Call us 24/7 at (714) 630-8766 to schedule an appointment.