While many minor plumbing problems can be fixed without the need to call a plumber, even the champions of DIY will sometimes need to call in a Pro. Some seemingly simple plumbing issues are in fact more complicated and enlisting the help of a professional plumber can save you time, money and frustration. Below are some plumbing situations where it is best to call in a professional:

Leak detection:
Leaky pipes can be extremely frustrating as they can cause low water pressure, costly water bills and even structural damage. As an amateur, locating the source of the leak is time consuming and sometimes not possible. Enlisting the help of a professional will save you valuable money and time.

Stopping the main line:
If you have a blockage or problem with the main line, it is most commonly shown through the toilets or other plumbing fixtures backing up. Clearing out the main line and detecting the blockage requires the use of specialist equipment and knowledge. Although this equipment is available for hire, why take the risk of breaking the tools or damaging the pipes further, when a professional would sort out the issue promptly and efficiently.

When you need a permit:
Projects such as bathroom remodels, or anything that requires moving underground plumbing, will usually require a permit. A professional plumber will be able to evaluate the project and tell you when you need a permit so you won’t get caught out under inspection.

Water heater malfunction:
As most water heaters are directly connected to the main gas line, the big reason for calling in professional help is the safety risk. A professional will be able to tell you whether the issue is repairable or if you need a replacement water heater.  Being left with no hot water is awful when the weather is as cold as it is, so call in a professional to get the job done fast!

Bath or shower replacement:
Don’t underestimate the scale of the task when replacing a bath or shower. Attempting to do this job yourself may appear to save money initially, but in the long run it’s likely that you’ll run into problems that will cost you more than hiring professional help in the first place.

Make sure your Christmas runs smoothly this year by avoiding plumbing disasters and days spent tinkering with pipes. For jobs that aren’t straight forward, don’t risk having to fork out extra to repair the damage you may cause in a DIY attempt.  Save yourself time, aggravation and money this Christmas and hire a professional plumber.

Heywood Heating are a West London based professional heating and plumbing service who are more than happy to help with any plumbing issues or projects.  For further information about our services, please contact us.