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When Is a Professional Water Leak Repair Needed?

True Costs of Water Leak Repair

Whether it is a slow drip or a full pipe burst, there is never a convenient time to need water leak repair. Indeed, a slow drip or seepage at a pipe joint represents a hazard to your health and property as well as an added cost for utilities and repairs. As a homeowner, you’re well aware of the cost of making repairs to your property.

To keep costs low, many homeowners will opt to try to make as many repairs as they can legally do. This oftentimes leads to unqualified people making somewhat dangerous attempts to make repairs on their home’s critical system. Because of the hazards of making leak repairs, many times it becomes more cost-effective in the long run to call a professional to perform the job.

Plumbing Sealants & Repair Tapes Offer Temporary Solutions

plumbing tapeA hallmark of do-it-yourself repair is performing a job with the wrong materials only intended to work temporarily. Since most people aren’t qualified to make repairs on a plumbing system, they don’t know the proper methods and materials to use to fix a problem permanently. Many DIYers turn to products like sealants and repair tape to “fix” their leaks.

There are two problems with this. First, plumbing sealants are not intended to be used for repairs. Plumbing sealants are used only in new installations on drain lines only. Therefore, they are never intended to be able to hold pressure.

The second problem is that plumbing sealants and repair tapes are only intended for temporary use in an emergency. Manufacturers of sealants and tapes make clear that permanent repairs must be made as soon as possible.

The Risks of DIY Fixes

One factor that homeowners fail to take into account is the risk that is associated with trying to make repairs in their own homes known as "DIY." Trying to fix a leaky faucet or drain line sounds simple enough. However, if you don’t know what you are doing you could inadvertently damage some other component of your plumbing system.

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This commonly happens from wrenching on pipes that come through the wall. As you torque exposed plumbing you could loosen or break a pipe inside the wall. This results in the need to tear out the wall for repairs.

Mold and fungus frequently accompany any type of leak, especially freshwater. If you have a sewer leak you can also be cultivating harmful bacteria. A professional plumber will ensure when the repair is complete that there is no further damage done to any of your pipes that could result in the growth of mold, fungus, or bacteria.

The Professional Solutions to Water Leaks

pro servicesChoosing professional water leak services is advantageous to you as a homeowner. Professional plumbers are trained to perform repairs to stringent codes using specialized materials to fix your pipes.

Plumbers are also required to carry special insurance that protects your property as a result of any damages they might cause. Homeowners performing their own repairs do so at their own risk. Hiring a professional can often be cheaper than attempting a repair yourself. Time is the biggest factor in this.

If you decide to attempt a repair yourself, be sure to factor in the value of your time. Can you safely complete the job? How many trips to the hardware store will it take you? Since plumbers have tools, experience and parts readily available they can often perform repairs much faster than a homeowner.

About A River City Plumbing

Do you have leaky pipes? The experts at A River City Plumbing have been providing plumbing services in Post Falls, ID for more than 30 years. They excel at all aspects of repair and installation, including leaky pipes and hot water tank installation.