Most renters and homeowners have a couple of basic tools to help them deal with minor plumbing issues. Quite often a slow drain or clogged toilet might only need a plunger and a little work to solve the problem. However, larger and more serious plumbing repair jobs need to have a professional Tampa plumbing repair service to take care of the problem.
Regular plumbing maintenance can help to prevent expensive plumbing repairs. The most important maintenance task is inspection. Go through your entire house and inspect your plumbing. Closely examine all of your exposed pipes, including those that are behind toilet tanks and under sinks. Check for any signs and symptoms of moisture. Also check for signs of corrosion on copper and brass fittings.
Monitor water pressure by turning on the water faucets on tubs, showers and sinks. There should be a steady flow on all of them. Note how fast the water drains. Slow drains could be a sign of a future clog. Also flush your toilets to make sure they are not leaking at the base, which can be a sign that you have a faulty wax seal or other issue.
Professional Plumbing Inspections
When you have an inspection conducted by a certified and professional plumber, it will provide you with a more in-depth look of your house’s drains and pipes. The plumber will check the garbage disposal, water heater and all aspects of your plumbing system. A more thorough assessment may include remote video inspection of your pipes, filter system inspection and lead testing.
After your plumbing system has been thoroughly inspected, remove and clean out the aerators on your shower heads and faucets. This will help to prevent sediment from building up and slowing down the water floor. If you are having professional plumbing maintenance done, then the plumber will handle this for you. The following are other maintenance tasks that can be performed by a professional plumber:
Assess and adjust water pressure
Pressure tests for detecting hairline leaks
Clean water heater and garbage disposal
Drain treatment for maximizing flow rate
When a Professional Plumber Should Be Called
There are some plumbing problems that are too complicated or dangerous to handle yourself. Call a certified plumber to handle any of the following tasks to safeguard your home’s integrity and your personal safety:
Sewer line leaks or breaks
Septic tank leaks
New construction where building permits are required
Water heater problems
Installing new tubs, sinks or pipes