Water is a destructive force and can cause significant damage to your home. For this reason, it is important to know when you should fix a plumbing issue on your own and when you should call in a professional.

The following are basic plumbing repairs you can fix on your own:

A Dripping Faucet

Having your faucet leak at the base or around the body can be frustrating and will cost you money as well. There are a number of reasons that can lead to this problem, although a steady leak when in use generally means the washer and/or O-ring within the body needs to be replaced. You can turn off the water to the faucet and unscrew the handle to inspect the O-ring and washer for any damage. If it is worn, torn or warped, replace it with a new washer and O-ring and reassemble it. If the leak continues, you may have more serious causes that would require the skills of a professional plumber.

A Running Toilet

If water continues to flow into the bowl after you flush, it often means there is a problem with the lever or flapper that is located in the tank behind the bowl. Remove the toilet tank lid and find the chain for the flush lever. If it has sunk to the bottom or is caught under the flapper seal, reattach it to the lever that is attached to the toilet handle to fix it. You can easily remove and replace the flapper yourself as well if it is worn or damaged from use.

Water Heater Malfunction

Leaking water heaters require the skills of a professional plumber because attempting to fix this problem on your own is dangerous, and can be a health and safety hazard. The same is true for water heaters that are releasing a strange odour or making bizarre sounds, so if you notice any of these things, contact a reputable plumber because they can help with both gas and electric heaters and will fix your issue before it turns onto a big headache.

Burst Pipes

If this situation ever occurs, you must turn off the main water valve to your home right away and call a professional plumber immediately. This can be caused by extreme temperature changes and can send gallons of high-pressure water into your home.

Sump pump failure and clogged sewer lines are also considered emergency situations and should be handled by a professional.

Oliver Plumbing & Heating offers both residential and commercial plumbing services and can also help with furnace repair and replacements. If you are looking for a professional, reputable, and experienced plumber, give us a call today!