All of us, as house owners want to have a knowledge of how to fix common problems around our house. With time, we all become experts in handling household projects. But are all DIY projects safe for you and your home? No, it’s not! DIY for sewer backup is certainly a bad idea as it is neither basic not simple. While handling sewer lines, even simple problems become complex when handled by novices.
Where will DIY of sewer backup will go wrong?
There is an exhaustive list to discuss on where we would go wrong. Some of them are
- Lack of experience.
- Lack of proper plumbing equipment.
- An improper fix would lead to greater damage.
- Safety Hazards are more in DIY sewer backup.
- Non-compliance of Rules.
- Miscalculation of Cost.
Lack of Experience
Not everyone will have a proper knowledge or experience as an expert. This particularly holds true in the case of sewer backup repairs. Specific knowledge and experience on how to solve the issue are important in solving even the most minor repairs. As DIYers do not have the insight to minute details, like the soil conditions, they end up creating more damage.
Lack of Proper Plumbing Equipment
Even with proper knowledge, one won’t be able to solve the problem without proper equipment or materials in hand. Also, knowledge is required to choose appropriate equipment for the right kind of repair work at the right point of time. An expert knows how to do it right with the right equipment and at the right time.
Greater Damage due to Improper Fix
When there is a lack of experience and lack of equipment, anything can go wrong with the DIY sewer backup project. When things go wrong, even the simplest issue would become a worse problem and could become more expensive. Incorrect fix in the front yard will become a sewer backup problem inside the house. Seeking the help of a professional plumber means that the fix would be done with expertise and insurance will be covered even in a case of accidental damage.
The most important of all is the safety involved in doing a DIY sewer backup fix. Possibilities of exposure to methane gas, salmonella, e.coli and other dangerous hazards during the repair process are more. If you do not know about a gas line passing through the place of work and accidentally hit it or damage a neighbor’s property unintentionally, it would lead to a lot of other problems. I hope health and safety are more important than a carrying out a DIY project.
Non-compliance of Rules
Sometimes, few codes are enforced and require a permit to carry on with the work. These permits are a difficult process and require you to apply in the sewer jurisdiction. An expert will have the required knowledge to proceed with the project after getting proper permissions.
If you think a DIY project will help you save more, then you are wrong. A skilled worker will know where it has gone wrong and hence, his estimation will be more accurate than yours. Also, doing a project correctly saves on cost rather than doing it wrong and spending more later.
Whatever the reason might be, I would like you to choose a professional insured plumber for handling the job more professionally and more correctly.
Do you find a water heater leak to be a nuisance? It is true because if you don’t repair in a timely fashion, it is going to cost you a significant amount of money. A water heater is also an essential appliance for every home and a damage to it is certainly a serious problem. How do we handle the situations? Here’s how.
What to Do With Leaking Water Heater?
The lifetime of a water heater is 10-12 years if it took good care of. But water leak can happen anytime from the water heater. This is a common problem. Minor leakage can be repaired easily and even in a case of a major problem, taking the help of a professional help would solve the problem.
Look for Signs of Leak
Regular monitoring of the water heater is very important. It will help in finding out leaks, if any, or any other major problems for that matter. Here are some signs of a leaking water heater.
- There is no hot water coming through the heater.
- The stand of the water heater is moist? It is a sure sign of a leak.
- The pool of water around the heater for no obvious reasons? It’s leaking.
A leaking water heater is dangerous. Do not try anything on your own or try to switch it off. Call a professional who will fix the issue for you.
Be Cautious and Proceed with Cutting the Power
A water heater is an appliance that is extremely hot and is dangerous due to two important factors – hot water and pressure. Hence, it is important to wear a thick, waterproof gloves, boots and apron to get protection from the device. The first step should be to cut off the electricity leading to the water heater. In a case of a gas water heater, cut off the gas supply.
Shut off Water supply to the Water Heater
Now that the power is switched off, you can proceed to look for the cold-water supply line leading to the water heater. There will be a valve on this line which can be closed shut to cut off the supply of water to the heater. Close the valve.
Drain the Water Heater
It is very important to drain the water heater before repairing it. Find a valve in the bottom of the heater. It is the drain valve. Attach a thick hose and run the hose to a drain. After this, gradually open the drain valve. If the flow of water is slow, do not worry. It is due to vacuum in the water heater. This can be released with the help of hot water faucet at the bathroom. When it is opened, air will enter the heater and the flow of water will be normal.
Time to call the Expert
It does not matter whether it is a simple fix or a complicated one, it is dangerous to handle a leaking water heater on your own. Contact a plumber before the damage on the heater worsens.
Catch the Problem Early
Most of the leak problems can be solved easily. But it is important to act at an earlier stage to prevent water damage. Call an expert today and make sure he makes the repair thoroughly to avoid recurrence!
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