There is always some or the other problem that keeps taking place in a house. The most common problems are the broken drains. But, it is not that the drains suddenly break down. There have been a lot of discrepancies on the part that lead the drains to breakdown. When the drains clog you decide to work it out yourself. This is okay only if you have a good amount of experience in unclogging the drains. But, if you have no experience and you decide to start and experiment; the drains can be damaged because of your unnecessary efforts.
However, there are a lot of small situations that can be solved by a few do-it-yourself ideas but you must be able to differentiate such situations from the one that require you to call in the experts. This is important because if there is a major problem in your drainage system you may end up either worsening it or may just damage the drainage system as such. The decision of calling the plumber will largely depend on the problem, your experience of dealing with the drainage problems and your financial condition.
When can you opt for DIY fixes?
When there are minor clogs you can opt for unclogging the drain yourself. The clogs can be called minor if the drain is partially clogged and the dirty water is not back flowing completely. You will need to apply the right technique for opening the drain quickly and completely. For this you need a plunger that should be the right size. This plunger should be cupped over the opening of the drain so that a seal is created. After you have created a seal you must pump the plunger up and down vigorously. This will force the water in and out of the drain dislodging any material that is responsible for the clog. You may not dislodge the clog if it has been a long standing situation in one go but if you repeat the process several time you will definitely achieve success. You must however remember that while you are trying to unclog the drain you must not use caustic agents to dislodge the clog because that may seriously harm your drain and this may also cause irreparable damage.
When do you call for professional help?
The professional help from a plumber will be required for blocked drains or there is backflow of dirty water in your home. These stubborn clogs need the experience and expertise of a plumber who has the skill of clearing it all out without any hassle. The plumber is a professional who deals with pipes for a living. The plumbers are experienced about the various factors that may cause clogging of your drainage system and this is the reason why you should think of calling a plumber for the problems in your drainage system. Even if you think that the problem is minor, you do not know the root cause of the problem. This may actually accentuate the problem even though you are able to resolve the problem temporarily. The plumbers have many kinds of tools that they use in tackling the problems of various levels of difficulty. If the drain is broken your plumber may need to open the whole system and get to the broken portion of the drain and repair it there.
From the above discussed situations if think your drainage problem can be tackled by you then think again. Probably you should call a plumber who will better know the problem as well as its solution.