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Plumbing Problems You Should Never Try to Fix on Your Own


You might be handy, and it’s possible you know your way around a faucet and a drain. But, when it comes to plumbing problems, there are some things that are simply better left to a professional.

At Zurn, our plumbers go through extensive training and apprenticeship programs to ensure top quality service to our clients. More often than you might guess, we see people who’ve tried to save on plumber costs by attempting to fix plumbing problems themselves, only to end up with far more expensive problems that they could have avoided had they called a plumber in the first place.

In some cases, trying to complete a large plumbing project using DIY methods can actually be very dangerous. From your friends at Zurn, here are a few examples of problems you should never try to fix without consulting a plumber.

Major Plumbing Modifications

It’s true that a major plumbing change in your home can be expensive, but we guarantee it will be much more costly if it’s not completed correctly the first time. Calling a plumber ensures that systems will work properly, that pipes won’t leak and that changes are up to local codes.

Some plumbing modifications, such as extending hot water lines and re-routing sewer pipes, typically require the use of the blowtorch. Anyone attempting to use a blowtorch without sufficient training is setting themselves up for a costly and dangerous situation.

Gas Leaks and Other Natural Gas Issues

Gas leaks are incredibly dangerous, and if you ever experience one, your life may depend on evacuating the premises and calling your utility company immediately. Explosions can happen instantaneously and can cause severe damage, such as a recent gas-related explosion in New York City that destroyed half the buildings on the block and killed two people.

In some cases, amateurs may try to tamper with gas lines for purposes such as tapping or sharing. These activities are typically illegal, and can ultimately result in injury or loss of life. Never attempt to fix gas issues without the help of a plumber certified in natural gas services.

Sewer Line Clogs

Sewer line clogs are typically difficult for most homeowners to complete on their own because the sewer lines are often inaccessible. Even if a homeowner is able to access these sewer lines, they typically require special machinery that most ordinary citizens don’t own. Attempting to fix these clogs without professional assistance is beckoning disaster.

If any attempt to unclog a sewer line is done incorrectly, the clog can lead to sewage backups. These can be dangerous for your health due to toxins in the biological waste and noxious odors, and can cause severe damage to your home.

Plumbing Problems? Call Zurn!

If you’re in the Atlanta areas and want to make sure your plumbing repairs and renovations are completed correctly the first time around, contact our team to learn how we can help you.