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Plumbing Dangers: What You Should Never Do

Pipe BurstIt’s a good feeling when you can repair or renovate something in your home. Though there are countless jobs in your Tucson, AZ, home that you can do yourself, there are some that should be left to the professionals. Many plumbing repairs fall into this category.

Although simple fixes such as installing a new faucet or unclogging a toilet are easy to complete on your own, that’s not true of every project. There are plenty of plumbing repairs that can cause quite a bit of damage if you try to do them yourself. To help you identify when to call in expert help from Rite Way Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, here are some plumbing repairs that are a little more complicated than the rest.

1. Installing a New Water Heater

Adding a new water heater to your home can help lower your utility bills and increase the amount of hot water that’s available for use. However, the actual installation of the water heater should be left to a professional from Rite Way Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. This is due in large because of the multiple connections that need to be made to ensure that your water heater can operate safely and correctly.

If your water heater uses natural gas, it’s vital that the gas line and flue are correctly positioned and attached. The same is true of the electrical supply for electric water heaters. Lastly, the hot and cold water supply lines need to be installed tightly to ensure no leaks occur that could damage your utility area. With so much at stake, it’s easy to see why professional help is necessary.

2. Fixing Low Water Pressure

Due to the interconnected nature of plumbing systems, it can often be difficult to locate the cause of certain issues. One such issue is low water pressure. Low water pressure can be caused at the home level due to a blockage or leak in a supply line. It could also be caused further down the network due to a water main break. As you can see, then, trying to fix this issue by yourself may be a futile effort.

In some cases, though, it could also be a dangerous effort. If you start taking apart valves trying to find the cause of the lower water pressure, you could find yourself with a water leak that you can’t stop, resulting in major damage to your home. Therefore, if you lack water pressure in your home, stay patient and reach out to Rite Way Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.

3. Sewer Repairs

Sewage drain pipes are something you should absolutely stay away from in every circumstance. If your home is having issues with backed-up drains, then it’s time to call Rite Way Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.

The problem with fixing sewer lines is that they’re typically located underground. Therefore, you’ll have to dig into the ground to be able to figure out what’s wrong with your sewer pipes. Unfortunately, while digging to find your sewer pipes, you run the risk of hitting other pipes, including gas supply lines, which could result in a major explosion or other very big problems.

Plus, without the tools to locate exactly where the problem is, you’ll likely make far more work for yourself than necessary. Even though a malfunctioning sewer pipe can be frustrating, it’s important to take the time to have it repaired correctly.

4. Unclogging a Drain

Given a large number of do-it-yourself drain cleaners on the market, it would be easy to assume that unclogging a drain is a task that doesn’t require assistance. To be fair, there are many cases when unclogging a drain can be done with readily available tools without any need for professional help. However, after using these tools, if the clog is still in place, it’s important to let Rite Way Heating, Cooling & Plumbing take over.

As with sewer line issues, you just don’t know what’s causing a clog in a particular pipe. It could be something as simple as a ball of hair or something as serious as a cracked drain pipe. Therefore, if your clog won’t go away, don’t torture your drain pipes and potentially make the problem worse. Instead, let us use our drain cameras to locate the problem to ensure it’s taken care of once and for all.

5. Extending Supply or Drain Pipes

Many home renovations and additions will require at least some level of plumbing modifications. Whether you’re relocating a sink in a kitchen or adding an extra bathroom in a new addition, plumbing fixtures play an integral role in the life of your family.

When performing these plumbing modifications, though, it’s important to recruit the services of Rite Way Heating, Cooling & Plumbing in Tucson to ensure the job is completed correctly. Trying to re-route or add pipes without the right tools and knowledge could lead to major problems that could ruin your renovated or newly created spaces.

For example, if you’re using a copper supply line, you must understand how to properly solder the different pieces of pipe together so that the water pressure doesn’t cause the pipes to burst at the seams. When it comes to drain lines, there must be a slight tilt in the line to allow the water to drain properly and prevent sewer gases from entering your home. With so many elements in play, it’s a good idea to recruit expert help when you’re embarking on a home improvement project that requires plumbing modifications.

We Are the Experts

When it comes to home plumbing needs, the crew at Rite Way Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has you covered. We have the tools and knowledge to take care of any size and type of plumbing job.

We can install new water heaters and perform maintenance and repairs to help give them a long and efficient life. If you’d prefer, we are also able to install tankless water heaters, which can help save you money and have the added benefit of providing nearly unlimited hot water. We can also implement leak detection technologies, address clogged drains, and install water treatment solutions.

In addition to all of our plumbing services, we offer a full range of AC/Heat services. We can install, repair, and maintain all types of furnaces and air conditioners. On top of that, we can take care of your duct cleaning and duct repair needs and help you test and improve your indoor air quality.

At Rite Way Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we’ve been providing comfort to our customers for over 60 years. You can be sure that we’re always ready to take care of your home mechanical needs. After one look at our five-star reviews, you’ll know that hiring us is the best move to make. To arrange for an appointment in Tucson, AZ, call us at Rite Way Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.