There are many common plumbing problems that most homeowners can tackle. Clogged sinks and toilets are fairly easy to fix. But, there are some problems that should only be addressed by a plumber. At Santa Monica Premier Plumbers, we help homeowners every day meet their plumbing repair and replacement needs. Here are 3 ways we can help you today!
Water leaks are probably the greatest concern for any homeowner and the easiest to investigate without calling a plumber right away. Not only do leaks raise your water bill, but they can ruin the walls and floors, creating mold problems. Wet areas under kitchen and bathroom sinks are easy to spot, but there are many times the leak is only a drop or two and dries before it forms a puddle. Leaks will always get worse over time. This is why it is important to check under the sinks for water stains or other indication of leaks. It is also important to check the surrounding floor or ceiling under faucets, tubs and showers for signs of leaking water. Small leaks can still weaken supporting structures and lead to dangerous areas. Outside faucets are notorious for causing problems and can go undetected for weeks because homeowners do not mess with these faucets on a daily basis.
A water heater is a convenient appliance that can turn into a giant nightmare. Lack of hot water is usually the first time homeowners notice a problem with their water heater. This may be caused by a faulty heating element that can be replaced. As water is cycled into the tank, any impurities are deposited on the walls and floor of the tank. As the deposits grow, they interfere with the heating of the water and can eventually crack the sides. There is also intense pressure that builds up in the tank as the water is heated. Pressure relief valves are designed to keep the pressure in the tank from building to dangerous levels. The pressure valves need to be checked regularly and fixed if they are defective. These are situations that require the expertise of a plumber.
Any type of plumbing work in a remodel or addition should be supervised by a plumber. There are numerous building codes designed to protect people and property from water and waste. While changing a faucet may be easy, replacing a new toilet that uses less water can be quite complicated. One of the newest trends in bathroom remodels are rain showers. Although it may seem like a good idea to install a rain shower, most homes do not have water pipes in the ceiling. These new lines need to be added by a plumber. Plumbers not only take care of water lines, but they are licensed to handle gas lines, too. Like electricity, improper installation of gas lines can be lethal and needs to be done right the first time.
It is always a good idea to call a professional if you are not familiar with a problem and how to fix it. Even the smallest problem can snowball if you do not know what you are doing. Before tackling that new project, call a plumber at Santa Monica Premier Plumbers to help you with any project, no matter how big or small.