When should you call the plumber?

Some people really enjoy tackling minor plumbing projects here and there. That’s great when you’ve got the confidence, the skills and the desire. But when should you draw the line and call in a professional plumber? It’s a serious question with serious consequences – and here are a few good examples of jobs best left to the professional plumber.

Main Pain

If your main line is clogged and causing sewage to back up into your tub, call us immediately. 


Sometimes rearranging the pipes in your home or tackling a kitchen or bathroom remodel requires special permits. 


When fixtures become old, inefficient and outdated, they need upgrading.

Hiring a professional plumber can save you the cost of purchasing specialized tools to
do small jobs. It can also save you loads of time when trained professionals step in and get the job done quickly and correctly. That means less on your “honey-do” list, a happy spouse and greater home value and comfort – everyone wins.

Stop a Flood

Just the sight of water from a burst pipe can cause people to panic. It is very important that you know what to do before a service professional gets to you:

First, identify the main shut-off valve – each home has one main control for the inflow of water. It can be tough, so have some tools with you just in case.

Each fixture should also have a “stop valve.” The valves control the flow of water to those fixtures and can be turned on and off without affecting the water flow in the rest of the house.

The new household word: Lead

Although lead is used in many products, it is a toxic material. Our homes have more lead than we think. Sources of lead exposure include air, soil, dust, food and water.  
Lead gets into your water after the water leaves your local treatment plant or well.  The source is most likely pipe or solder inside your home’s plumbing. The most common cause is corrosion, a reaction between the water and the lead pipes or solder.  
Your local health department or water supplier can answer questions about testing drinking water for lead.