Most people minimize plumbing and ignore an issue thinking that it’s no big deal. Electrical issues sometimes get ignored, too, and the worst case scenario with an electrical failure is a fire (which is very damaging to a home). The worst case scenario with plumbing is sewage backing up into the home or water pouring into an area and causing damage that leads to mold and extremely expensive repairs. One of my newer employees said, “I can ruin the whole house in five minutes.” What he meant is that if he was putting together a pipe and he didn’t get the joint done properly, it could blow apart and flood the whole house. Plumbing is definitely serious business, and it’s something that shouldn’t be minimized or pushed to the side.
We also often hear people say that plumbing is easy and you can do it yourself. While it’s true that some people are technically capable, there are also some people who aren’t. Knowing your limits is very important, and just getting advice from the store attendant might not be the best strategy. They might be a very competent person, but it’s not good to assume that because they’re at the hardware store that they know how to do a specific plumbing project. Even though they might have done a job on their own doesn’t mean that it’s the best idea for you to give it a try too.
The other issue is centered around dealing with things proactively, and maintenance is definitely a proactive behavior. It definitely isn’t a smart idea to push plumbing aside and say that it doesn’t need to be maintained, especially when the manufacturer recommends regular maintenance. (Who’s more knowledgeable than the people who make the products?)
Drain cleaning is not a maintenance item, but it’s important to pay attention to. Sewage is very unclean and it transports bacteria like E. coli, which can cause serious diseases. You definitely wouldn’t want sewage to back up into your home. It’s not a pretty sight, and it’s very unsafe. Don’t take the risk of waiting until the line backs up and then using a snake to clear it out. This isn’t a very good strategy. If you know that you have a problem in your sewer line, the best time to fix the issue is right when you become aware of it. Don’t put it off, because that’s just asking for serious trouble.
If you need the help of a qualified professional, contact us online or give us a call at 540-483-9382. We’ll take out the guesswork and make sure that your plumbing works safely and properly.