Most plumbing professionals do not advocate performing plumbing services on your own. You might think it is because they want the work, and although that may be at part of the equation, the reality is that they don’t want you to get hurt or make matters worse by attempting certain plumbing services on your own. Here are three basic plumbing services you might be able to handle on your own, with a few caveats about when you shouldn’t.
1. Clogged Drain– Some clogs are reasonably easy to remedy with a small hand auger, coat hanger, or cleaning solution. The caveat here is not to use a chemical drain cleaner, as these can be dangerous, are often ineffective, and can also make the clog worse. It is also important to call for professional plumbing services if you haven’t been able to clear the drain or you have several slow drains in your home, which indicates a larger problem.
2. Garbage Disposal– A jammed garbage disposal can sometimes be resolved by hitting the reset button. That is as far as you should take your DIY efforts, though! Overconfidence about resolving an inoperable garage disposal lands more people in an emergency room than you might expect. Never put your hand into a garage disposal! If you can dislodge something with a wooden spoon, that’s fine.
3. Toilet Clog– Most people wouldn’t dream of calling for professional plumbing services for a clogged toilet without first attempting to clear the clog with a plunger. There is nothing wrong with this being your first course of action. If you try it and it doesn’t work or you experience a backed-up toilet often, it could be a sign of a larger problem that a professional should diagnose and resolve.
If you have a plumbing issue that has gone beyond basic DIY methods, don’t hesitate to contact us at On-Deck Plumbing. Thanks to our 24/7 emergency plumbing services, we’re just a phone call away. Our experienced and dedicated team always focuses on getting the job done right the first time, so you can get things back to normal with confidence. Call today to learn more.