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Nobody likes to think about what to do if something goes wrong with your home. DIY shows can make fixing plumbing problems yourself seem easy, but it can cost more in the long run. Calling a plumbing service means working with people who’ve made plumbing their lives. A skilled service will have employees trained for years to fix whatever problem your pipes can throw at them.
Drain Flo Plumbing serves the St. Petersburg, FL area, and offers around the clock service. That makes them an excellent choice for when you do need to hire a plumbing service.
When should you get a plumbing service to look at your home? When something breaks, sure. But did you know that plumbers can also handle inspecting and maintenance on what you’ve got? Or that they work with gas lines? Here’s a handful of times you should call a plumber. Remember though, there’s plenty more.
1. If you have a septic tank
Septic systems need inspection at least every 3-5 years. A lot can go wrong with septic tanks, and they all need regular pumping. It keeps them working and keeps pressure off drainage pipes. Experienced services offer everything from checking your tank to upgrading what you have.
To keep the serious problems from happening, have a plumbing service come by and check your tank before you start having problems. That way, they can see if the tank needs to be pumped or the septic field around it maintained. While you can (if you’re not squeamish or afraid of potential health risks) check it yourself, you do need to have a plumber handle the pumping.
If you get behind on maintenance, things can get bad. What started as frequently backed up drains can lead to the whole system needing to be replaced. Do yourself a favor and have the pros check on it regularly.
2. If you’re working with gas lines
Many homes around St. Petersburg, FL have gas lines. Plumbing services are who you call when you’re working with them. Whether that means checking the lines for leaks regularly (you absolutely should) or installing a gas fire pit.
Having a plumbing service handle your gas lines is much safer for everyone involved. Plumbers get training to work with gas lines just like water lines. And if you smell gas, call a plumber immediately. Drain Flo Plumbing has a 24-hour emergency service available. You don’t have to wait until the morning to get a potentially dangerous leak checked on. And you really shouldn’t wait.
3. Water heater problems
Unless you enjoy freezing showers, having a working hot water heater is essential. Like anything else, they need upkeep and replacement every now and then. Water heaters average around 8-12 years of life, but depending on how much they’re working? You may need to get it checked before then.
If you’re suddenly without hot water, it’s time to call a plumber. And if there’s water around the heater? It’s absolutely time. Aside from the water heater, if the flooring or subfloor is exposed to water for too long, it gets damaged. And that means much more costly repairs than installing a new water heater.
Having a newer water heater can also cut down on your energy bills. Water heaters can account for over 15% of residential energy costs. Newer models are more energy efficient and can save you money (and headaches) down the road.
Providers like Drain Flo can also help you with water cleanup and assessing any damage that might have occurred if the water heater breaks.
4. Slow and clogged drains
There’s a lot of options with buying drain cleaners, but none can do the job as well as a plumber can. Many cleaners clear enough space in a clog to allow water to flow through. Plumbers can get your pipes working like new.
If you’re having frequent clogs, that’s when you need to give a plumber a call. That’s a sign that whatever is clogging your drain needs to be fully removed. That’s not just about water standing in your sink, either.
If it’s not dealt with, frequent clogs can cause permanent damage to your pipes. And while plumbing services can offer replacement, it’s much cheaper to have them clear a drain.
These get caused by a variety of things. Kitchen sinks can get clogged with grease or food particles sticking to the inside of the pipes. Bath fixtures can get clogged with cotton swabs, hair, or diapers. If this happens, it’s best to call the pros to take care of it.
5. Installing big fixtures and tackling big jobs
When you’re installing sinks and tubs, hiring a plumber can make a huge difference in its lifespan. It’s big, heavy stuff, and it’s better to hire a plumber than run the risk of damaging your home (or injuring yourself). The pros are used to doing these things.
If you’ve got an outbuilding on your property, a plumber can run water lines to it and make sure everything works as it should. The same goes for gas lines.
Every city’s got requirements for new construction too, and that includes outbuildings on a property. When working with building codes, it’s always best to hire a licensed plumbing service. It can save a lot of money and a lot of headaches.
Whether that means running brand new pipes or rerouting the ones you already have, a plumbing service can do the job safely and efficiently. They can also make sure you’re staying on the right side of the law when it comes to adding things.
Got a job for the pros?
Need a hand with maintenance? Got a job that needs the pros? Talk with Drain Flo Plumbing and have them take care of your house the way it takes care of you.