Plumbing repairs are easy to tackle if you have the right tools and know-how. Plumbing problems don’t happen overnight, so don’t try to fix something that just started to function properly. A clogged bathroom or slow drainage might only require a little elbow grease to get things back in order. However, larger plumbing repair jobs require professional attention.

If a toilet or water main is backed up or clogged, it won’t be long until your whole plumbing system is in trouble. Before calling a plumber, make sure that you’ve dealt with the problem in the past and that you understand the nature of your problem. For example, a rusty washer is a toilet repair that many homeowners can handle themselves. But a blocked water main, backed up with tree roots, is a much more serious situation that requires immediate plumbing repair. Here are some other common plumbing maintenance issues that you may face.

Leaky pipes You can generally fix a leaky pipe on your own, but if it’s worse than that, you may want to call a plumber. Sometimes, using chemicals to fix a leaky pipe is the best way to prevent future occurrences. But even if it’s easy to mend, doing so without proper protection may cause damage to your pipes and other components that could cost you more to fix in the future.

Cracked Plumbing You can often fix a cracked plumbing by yourself. But if your problem involves extensive damage, like an entire pipe, you should call in a qualified plumbing repair company. If your faucets are leaking, you should check to make sure that the water main is not responsible for the leak. You should also check your water heater to see if it is the culprit. The reason being is that often times leaks in hot water heaters are caused by a clogged waste pipe or blown out stoppers.

Bad Plumbing Your garbage disposal, garbage disposals, and water heaters often require plumbing maintenance to keep them running properly. You should always unplug garbage disposals when they are full and empty them to ensure proper water flow. While the garbage disposal itself isn’t overly complicated, cleaning the clog can be a bit more complicated.

Clogged Drains A clogged drain can be frustrating, but it rarely leads to emergency plumbing repair. Instead, if your sink becomes plugged, try using a plunger to clear away any obstructions in the pipe before calling in a professional. Sometimes using your plunger will simply force debris further down into the pipe, compounding the problem. For drains with a lot of debris, it may be necessary to hire a plumber. Sometimes the best way to unclog a drain is to run a low water pressure liquid through it several times until the block is loosened enough to be removed with a wrench. If your drain is completely clogged, contact your local home improvement store or local plumber first to see what they recommend for your specific drain issue.