Plumbing problems can be something as simple as a leaky faucet or as serious as sewage backing up into your home. If you are any type of handyman, there will be repairs you can easily take care of yourself. However, it is important that you admit when something is beyond your abilities and call in a professional plumber. If you continue when you are not sure of what you are doing or how to do it, you can end up with a major plumbing issue that is going to cost you a lot of money. Here are just a few times you should forget about tackling a problem yourself and go right to the professionals.
While it is safe to say that not all clogs require professional intervention, if you have tried to clear it and can't seem to do so, contact a plumber. If simple drain cleaners and a plumber's snake are not getting through, the problem is most likely a collapsed pipe or perhaps tree roots have grown into one. The only way to know for certain what the problem is and how to have it repaired is with a licensed plumber. They will have the knowledge and tools to get the job done without creating a bigger mess.
You may feel that if you can see a burst pipe you can go ahead and replace it. While this is true, it may not be getting to the source of the problem. Contact a plumber to find out why the pipe burst in the first place so you do not end up having to replace it on a regular basis. If the pipe is underground and you know it is there because of water seeping up to the surface, it is always best to have a professional do the work. Trying to dig up the yard in just the right place, pull out the bad pipe, and put in a new one is not something for your average do-it-yourselfer. A plumber may be able to do the repair without digging a trench. Of course, this will all depend on what caused the break in the first place.
Plumbing is one of those things many people feel they should be able to handle with just a little knowledge or direction. Unfortunately, when you do not understand the whole system and pipe path, you can create major problems to your whole house. Water can damage floors, ceilings, walls, and even your foundation. Don't be overconfident; know when to call for help with household plumbing repairs.