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When to Hire a Professional Plumber

woman-with-plungerWe know, we know. In this day and age, everyone has an internet connection and everyone can watch everyone else’s “how to” videos online. We know something else too, though. We know that, in most cases, DIY efforts simply cannot match the competence and results of professional plumbing services. While there are certainly exceptions to the rule, and different homeowners will have different backgrounds and skill sets, the fact remains that most plumbing services in Chesapeake, VA are best left to the pros.

Today we want to talk a little bit about situations in which you should really skip the online tutorials, bypass the old toolbox, and pick up the phone to schedule professional plumbing service. We suspect that some homeowners may balk at these suggestions — but those are exactly the homeowners that wind up calling us once the problem has worsened! At the very least, keep these tips in mind, and be sure to contact us with any questions that you may have.

Clogged Drains

Okay, we are purposely getting this one out of the way right off the bat, as it is one that is most commonly contested. Surely they jest, you may be thinking. Not at all. Yes, you can go out to the hardware store to buy harsh chemical drain cleaners, and you may even decide to invest in a drain snake for your home.

The trouble is, though, that such cleaners are rarely effective at removing the whole clog. Best case scenarios typically entail removing just enough of the clog for the cleaner to pass through, while an auger in the hands of an amateur can leave much of a clog behind. Professional drain cleaning and clearing services ensure that a thorough job is done.

Water Leaks

This is another somewhat contentious area, in that many homeowners think a bit of Teflon tape and a pair of vice grips will help them to seal and tighten their leaks. That may be fine at an obvious connection leak, such as a shower head. However, there may be more to the picture than meets the eye.

What’s to say that there is not a leak that you cannot see, as well? What’s to say that the water you’re seeing is definitely coming from where you think it is? And what’s to say that you won’t damage any given fixture in an attempt to repair it? It may not be the toughest job that we have to deal with, but fixing a leaky faucet is still something best left to a professional–not to mention more serious leaks, such as those at joints or in pipes themselves.

Gas Leaks

Okay, this one is not up for debate. A gas leak is a very serious, very dangerous problem. Familiarize yourself with local emergency and utility numbers, and get out of your house to contact the appropriate authorities the moment that you suspect a gas leak. If the issue is a bad connection, a damaged gas line on your property, etc., our technicians can handle the gas line repairs that you need.

Contact us and see how we can make you smile. House Call Company is here for your plumbing needs.

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