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You probably know your way around a stopped-up sink and how to fix a leaky faucet. However, when it comes to most plumbing situations, it’s best not to do-it-yourself. Plumbing can be very tricky-- that’s why it takes two to three years of education or apprenticeship on top of another year or two of plumbing experience to become a professional plumber. Here are some common situations where you should definitely call an expert for help.

Your Pipes Burst in the Winter

When frozen water in your pipes expands due to dropping temperatures, all that pressure can cause a rupture in your system. Cracks in your plumbing often lead to major flooding issues that can end up costing you thousands of dollars and hours of frustration. While you may see the evidence of a burst pipe in the form of flooding in your yard or basement, that doesn’t exactly indicate where the crack is. When it comes to a burst pipe, you don’t have time to search for the damage yourself. Every minute you scour your plumbing system is another opportunity for water to damage vulnerable areas of your home.

A plumber can locate and isolate the source of your leak in order to control the situation. They can also help by recommending repairs regarding any damage the flood may have cause to floors, the foundation, or drywall. After your leak is fixed, they can drain your pipes and winterize them with insulation to protect your home for the rest of the season and prevent another trip.

You Smell Sulfur or Sewage

That rotten smell is bad news. It very well could be a broken vent or sewer pipe located under your house. If you smell rotten eggs and regularly experience backups in your home, it could mean a blocked sewer line. Both situations require the work of a professional.

Without a plumber’s touch, a broken vent or pipe can leak sewage which is terrible for the environment as well as your home’s foundation. If you have a blockage, attempting to clear it yourself can damage your sewer lines which costs thousands of dollars to fix. Not to mention it will make your home smell even worse as you expose your property to raw sewage-- gross! Instead of risking it, call a professional plumber that can safely identify the source of your problem and suggest a solution that will fix that nasty smell as soon as possible.

You Are Remodeling Your Bathroom or Kitchen

If you bought new major appliances to spruce up your bathroom or kitchen, you need the help of a professional plumber for installation. Chances are you spent a lot of money on your energy efficient refrigerator or your brand new freestanding tub. It’d be a shame to have to spend even more money on repairs after a shoddy attempt to install them yourself.

Doing a large renovationof your bathroom or kitchen generally include updated room layouts that require a plumber to move other appliances and fixtures. That means lines and necessary drains will have to move with them. A plumber has the experience and knowledge to do all this in an organized and safe manner so your renovation doesn’t end up ruined. You should also call a professional in the case of hooking up water heaters and garbage disposals. It only costs $170 - $453to get the job done right the first time.

While it’s okay to fix a leaky faucet on your own, sometimes the best plan of action is to call a plumber. If your pipes burst in the winter, a plumber can find the leak quickly, contain it, and prevent further damage. The smell of sulfur or sewage can mean big problems. A plumber can safely find the source of the smell without damaging lines and leaking more toxic sludge. Finally, if you are remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, you need a plumber to help organize the moving of appliances, fixture, drains, and lines.

Article courtesy of PapaDIY to help others make their home DIY projects a success.