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Plumbing Pipe Solutions You Can Do Yourself (Maybe)

Let’s face it, with the exception of swapping out faucet washers, attempting plumbing repairs can be a very slippery slope. We routinely get calls from customers who are having difficulties installing faucets, bathtub fixtures and garbage disposals. Today’s plumbing pipes and in home fixtures operate at high efficiency, however, newer designs are much more complex than plumbing fixtures in the past. If you are considering performing some DIY plumbing projects, the General Plumbing blog has some interesting information. Also – If you start a plumbing project and find that you are just plain stuck, call us at 360-773-8039 so we can give you a hand.

Even if you consider yourself to be a pretty experienced handyman, there are some things that should be left to the professionals when it comes to repairing a residential plumbing system. The question is, which problems can you tackle on your own and which need a professional plumber? Let’s look at some of the most common plumbing problems and determine if they’re an appropriate DIY project or if you need to hire a local plumbing company to handle them.

Leaking Faucet

A hidden leak can cause you a world of pain, but if you stumble across one, they’re actually not that difficult to fix. Feel free to grab your toolbox and address this problem on your own.

Replacing a Toilet

This might seem like an overwhelming task that’s best left for experienced plumbers, but you can do it on your own if you wish. However, pay attention to warnings and…

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Whether you are attempting to repair a leaking faucet, replace a toilet or do even more advanced plumbing work, you will need the right tools and allow plenty of time. Sometimes, your equipment and supplies costs can become prohibitive. So, weigh the cost of your project against the pricing to hire a professional plumbing contractor, like Henco Plumbing Services. Unless you plan to use the plumbing equipment and supplies more than once, you might find that the cost of doing plumbing repairs yourself is really more expensive than hiring us to do it for you. Remember, we provide you with a 100% Workmanship Guarantee for every project, large or small. Here’s more information from General Plumbing with advice on emergency plumbing repairs.

Emergency Repair for Pipe Problems

Walking into a room to find a pipe spewing cold water everywhere is a complete nightmare. Broken pipes can cause immense flooding and leave water damage throughout your home, which is extremely pricey to fix.

If you stumble into this horrifying (and very wet) situation, don’t panic: It’s important to act quickly and cautiously. Here are the first few steps you should take when dealing with an emergency pipe repair.

  1. Take a deep breath and turn your water off. There’s a main valve connected to your home that controls the water supply. Shut it off as quickly as possible to prevent more water from entering the house.
  2. Turn on the sink faucets. This will help get rid of any excess water that’s lingering in the pipes.
  3. Check to see if there are electronic devices near the burst pipe. If the water seems pretty deep, don’t walk through it. You could end up getting electrocuted.

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Whether you decide to repair your plumbing pipe problems yourself or call a professional plumbing company, one thing you must do: Get the leak fixed immediately. Fixing plumbing pipe leaks are a big portion of our business and what we see is often really unfortunate. Often people don’t pay much attention to little plumbing issues. Here’s a tip, once a plumbing leak starts, it will only get bigger, worse, or turn into a disaster. Plumbing leaks do not fix themselves. We often find that what seemed like a small leak has dripped water under flooring, inside walls, under carpeting and causing huge damage. So a word of caution – always fix plumbing leaks right away.

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Determine If You Need A Plumber

The following article, from Butter Plumbing can help you make that all important decision about contacting a plumber vs doing the project yourself. Emergencies do happen, however, if you invest a few dollars every year for plumbing maintenance, you can prevent potential problems and never experience a plumbing emergency. Avoid those plumbing emergencies with some prior planning; if you have plumbing question or think you may need plumbing maintenance, call us so we can help.

Generally speaking, you should always contact a plumber when you encounter a problem with your pipes and outlets. Store-bought solutions rarely do the job, and problems such as leaks or clogs can often appear at times when your hands are full with the daily obligations or work and family.

Selecting a plumbing service should include consideration of those times when the plumbing problem doesn’t take place during normal business hours. Any plumbing service worth its salt knows that and will offer 24/7 emergency services to deal with problems that hit you in the middle of the night. That gives you a reliable contact for those moments when the issue just can’t wait and you need a plumbing system expert immediately.

The next question becomes whether you need an emergency service or not. Emergency calls cost more than standard calls, and you want to make sure the expense is justified when you pick up the phone. So how can you make that call? In the end, it boils down to your best judgment and the circumstances that created the problem in the first place. However, there are some guidelines that can help you out.

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OK, so now you’re all set to go down to the hardware store and buy some really cool tools, some plumbing supplies and get into it repairing and replacing your home plumbing. However, just in case you decide the DIY approach is not for you – Remember this number: 360-773-8039 for Henco Plumbing Services, your professional plumbing contractor company in Vancouver Washington and all communities in Clark County and Cowlitz County.

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