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There is a lot of pride to be had from handling any small jobs around the home without calling in an expert. It's commendable to be self-sufficient as a homeowner. Most of us will change a light fixture or paint a room without too much difficulty, but it's important to know our own limits. Aside from the very experienced and talented, the work of a plumber is usually best left to the experts. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing has a team of plumbers on standby for our Sugar Land, TX customers should they have any plumbing emergencies. Your biggest contribution here might be simply keeping an eye out for the danger signs that appear when a plumbing issue manifests itself. Knowing what these signs are is the first step in this effort.
Let's go right ahead and take a look at some of the reasons why we should make way for the professionals when it comes to this type of work, as well as a few hints on what to look out for when it comes to internal plumbing.
Why Call in the Pros?
First and foremost, you have to keep in mind the fact that your plumbing is an integral part of your home's overall utility and quality. Sugar Land, TX has an excellent plumbing network, but individual homes and offices have varying plumbing realities due to factors such as age, terrain, material, and initial build quality.
You might be living in a palace, but if your plumbing isn't working right, you'll be looking for a way out pretty quickly. While making a mistake while repainting a room might easily be rectified with another coat of paint later. Making a mistake while working on the plumbing under your bathroom sink could result in expensive damages, possibly leading to extensive structural damage to your property as well. You really don't want to be in such a position.
Secondly, before you decide not to call in the plumbers, take into consideration the fact that plumbing systems are a lot more complicated than most people imagine. You're looking at a whole lot more than figuring out how to let water in and take it out of your building. You will have to work with Sugar Land, TX building codes and policies in mind, as well as adhering to standard plumbing procedures. The risk you face when you fail to satisfy these criteria is system failure in the future, calling for extensive remedial repair work.
Finally, emergency situations are not the ideal occasions to don your DIY hat. Situations such as overflowing toilets, burst pipes and the like are best addressed by calling in professional emergency plumbers. In instances of this kind, every minute that goes by without remedy might be causing greater damage to your home.
Should you make the attempt to sort out the issue on your own, and spend an hour on it only to realize you don't have the expertise or the tools to do it yourself, you will have lost an hour you can't get back. The extent of the damage will be greater than it would be had you immediately contacted a company such as Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, who are always on standby for Sugar Land, TX plumbing emergencies.
How You Can Help Us Help You
As we stated, one of the most effective roles you can play as a homeowner is to simply keep an eye out for whichever danger signs make themselves apparent in relation to your plumbing. Here are some danger signs you can easily spot in case your pipes are getting worn out. This is especially relevant to those living in older homes, as so many Sugar Land, TX residents do. Inspect areas you wouldn't normally be peeking into such as basements, crawlspaces, and utility rooms for the best chances of spotting these issues. Then you should call in the plumbers.
- Pipe Corrosion
If you can spot flaking or dimpling on the surface of your pipes, it would indicate that extensive corrosion has taken place and your pipe needs replacing. One of the common causes here might be high-acidity water, although this is very rare. Plumbers will help you fix the corrosion.
- Water Color Changes
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing has a team of plumbing experts with vast experience. They will tell you that one of the most urgent signs of plumbing deterioration is a change in the color of the water that comes out of your pipes. The occurrence of rust in your home's piping not only indicates a weakening of the pipes themselves, but causes unpleasant tasting water, which is also less effective in rinsing the soap off your skin, dishes, and out of your clothing.
Don't underestimate even the smallest of leaks in your piping, as it might be a symptom of serious underlying problems. Leaks might be hidden, but there are signs of leakage that are easily spotted by the keen eye. Professionals will tell you that mold and mildew in your house, especially outside the shower area, should immediately raise your concern. Be especially keen to notice the unmistakable smell produced by mold or mildew especially should it persist after a thorough scrubbing of the space in question.
- Wall Stains and Discoloration
Another unmistakable sign of faulty piping is the appearance of stains or discoloration on the surfaces of your home. Some common danger spots are underneath sink fittings, on the ceiling below second-story bathrooms, and at the points where water mains enter the building. In bathrooms, it is also important to check your walls for any warping or bulging, as this would mean that the drywall is taking in water and it might eventually crumble. This would call for even more extensive structural work down the line if left unattended. If run into any difficulties, feel free to contact professional plumbers for help.
Professional plumbers are there to help you out, whatever the situation you're facing. Before you decide to pick up the wrench yourself, take the pointers we mentioned earlier into consideration. Reach out to the plumbers at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing for all your plumbing needs.