5 Plumbing Problems No Homeowner Should Fix on Their Own

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Hey there, Mr. DIY-Handyman-Extraordinaire. You know that space in your newly finished basement that’s just begging for a bathroom? What about the water heater that isn’t, well, heating water?

Feel free to break out the toolbox for a leaky faucet, but there are other, more complicated plumbing issues that should not be tackled by the novice.

Luckily, there are professionals for those problems. We’ve compiled a list of five plumbing problems that you should leave to the experts. Read on!

#1 – Plumbing Projects that Require a Permit

If your plumbing job is substantial enough to require a permit, it’s probably a job better left to the pros. Some examples of jobs that need permits can include installing a new water heater, re-piping the building, sewer line work, or plumbing work on new construction.

Check with your county — you may be surprised by the seemingly small plumbing projects that require permits. Applying for permits might feel like a tedious extra step, but in general, these requirements are in place to keep you safe and prevent costly property damage.

#2 – Water Heater Replacements or Repairs

Respect the water heater. They may seem like straightforward appliances, but they are not for the novice.

Whether your water heater is gas or electric, it can require gas hookups, wiring, and appropriate venting.

Incorrectly installed or malfunctioning water heaters are at best headache and at worst a hazard. Don’t risk property damage, gas leaks, or wiring issues trying to save a buck. Call in a professional plumber to help with your water heater woes.

#3 – Installation of New Plumbing or Pipes

Installation of new plumbing or pipes is a job best left to the pros. Like we mentioned earlier, these projects may require a permit.

Even if they don’t, there is still a risk of improper installation. This can lead to leaks, floods, and plumbing that isn’t up to code. Even the smallest plumbing leak can lead to a huge headache down the road — think drywall damage and mold. No fun.

#4 – Broken Pipes

Broken pipes are a plumbing emergency and not a problem that an amateur can take on. If you suspect a broken pipe, turn off the water main right away if possible. Then, pick up the phone and call a plumber.

A professional plumber can act quickly to stop the potential flooding, but they can also tell you why the pipe broke — which can be important to address an underlying issue that may cause it to happen again!

#5 – Sewer Line Leaks

A leaky sewer line is no joke. In addition to the unpleasant odor it may cause, even a slow leak in a sewer line can cause harm to your walls, yard, or foundation. A clog or backup can even cause sewage to enter your home through the drains, and trust us — that’s as disgusting as it sounds.

If you suspect you may have a leak in your sewer line, call a professional plumber as soon as you can.

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