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When DIY Plumbing Can Create Big Plumbing Issues

We’re all looking for ways to save money. One way people choose to save money is by doing their own plumbing repairs. While the average person can get away with a few DIY plumbing repairs, there are instances when it’s best left up to a professional plumber.

Corroded Pipes

Your home’s pipes may be out of sight, but they certainly shouldn’t be out of mind. Old pipes made out of galvanized steel will eventually corrode and cause pinhole leaks or restrict water flow inside the pipes. Since galvanized steel pipes are primarily found in homes built before World War II, problems with these pipes usually mean that you’ll need to replace them. When you need to replace corroded pipes, it’s always a good idea to have a plumber do it for you because they know how to do the job correctly.


Tree Roots

Tree roots can sometimes work their way into pipe joints and cause leaks or blockages in sewer pipes. Because it’s hard to see what’s going on underground, the average person should never attempt to fix plumbing that is underground since it can cause major plumbing problems if they don’t do it right. A professional plumber will likely use a chemical root killer, or even completely replace the pipe system if they are damaged beyond repair. 


City Sewer Collapse 

You never want to mess around with your home’s sewer pipes. That’s because problems with your sewer pipes can cause an unsanitary backup into your house. Old sewer pipes made out of asbestos and concrete can collapse over time and cause sewage to flow along the path of least resistance, like through your home’s drains. If this occurs, it’s up to the city or other jurisdiction to have it repaired. 


Pipe Bursts

Pipe bursts can happen for a variety of reasons. No matter the reason, you should never attempt to repair burst pipes on your own. Repairing them involves tearing out the damaged area and inspecting between the walls and floors to determine the origin of the leak. It can be hard for the untrained eye to identify the origin of a leak, and you may end up tearing out the wrong area. If you do that it’ll cost you more money and time to repair the problem. 


An Experienced Maryland Plumber

Skip the DIY repair; instead, have the plumbing experts at Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating help. We’re a local expert and treat all of our clients’ plumbing systems like our own. That means you always get high-quality repairs using high-quality materials when you enlist the help of Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating. Give us a call at (866) 531-1449 today to schedule an appointment. 

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