When home improvement and repairs come up, we are all tempted to try and handle them on our own before calling a professional. Usually, this is done in an attempt to save money and sometimes to prove that we know just as much as the next person. But there are some home repairs that should definitely be left to the professionals.
This is especially true when it comes to plumbing issues, such as leaky pipes. Many people have learned the hard way that, in their attempts to save a few bucks by handling the repair on their own, they may end up costing themselves more money, should their repair go wrong. When it comes to plumbing or sewer problems, it’s better to trust in the experience of a trained plumber.
There are products and tools on the market today designed specifically for the “Do-It-Yourself” minded person who wants to attempt to fix a leaky pipe on their own. The truth is, these products can work in some instances and may even exceed the expectations of the buyer. It is a risk though. Often, these products do not work or they are used the wrong way. You’re left with your original leaky pipe, money out of pocket on something that didn’t work, and often, a giant mess.
Patching vs. Replacing
You can try to do a quick fix on a leaky pipe using patches or rubber gaskets. The problem with these is that they are only meant to be used as temporary fixes and may not be enough to control the leak. If they are not used properly, they could actually end up contributing to the overall problem rather than fixing it.
Once a pipe begins to leak, it is usually a pretty good sign that it is time to replace it altogether. Yes, you can try a temporary fix, but if you don’t seek professional help soon, the pipe may begin to leak in other places leading to a disaster. Even when a temporary patch or quick fix does work, it can give us a false sense of safety. It’s easy to forget about it until another problem with the pipe arises.
The best thing you can do if you notice a leak in your plumbing or sewer pipes is to call an experienced plumber such as Boydco Plumbing. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can quickly respond to your call. Let us take a look at the leak and they provide options on how to fix the problem effectively so you won’t have to worry about it down the road.
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Boydco Plumbing can be reached at 602-335-0323. Call us for a free plumbing estimate on your leaky pipe.