Why you should leave the plumbing repairs to the professionals

After a long Saturday of chores and yard work, you need to shower. When you turn the shower on, the showerhead is leaking water and not providing enough water pressure. You don’t want to jump into bed smelling bad. You have two options:

  1. Grab your toolbox and fix the problem yourself, or;
  2. Call a professional plumbing team to fix it for you.

Option 2 seems like too much time and money wasted, so you find the rusty toolbox in the garage and pull up a DIY YouTube video. Three hours later, your showerhead is broken, the leaking won’t stop, and you still haven’t had your shower. If you had called a professional in the first place, you would’ve been clean and fresh by now!

Don’t be that one DIY homeowner who naively believes they can solve any home issue. There are times when you should rely on a certified, experienced team of professionals, especially when plumbing is involved. In this article, we’ll review the plumbing projects you can take on yourself versus those you should call Wagner for help with.

If you have a clogged sink, don’t risk further problems by trying to tackle the drain cleaning yourself. Call Wagner for fast, reliable service here in Albuquerque.

Common DIY solutions

You may be pretty handy with a hammer or drill. Or, you may know someone in the neighborhood who can handle plumbing issues. But is a DIY approach really the best solution? We recommend going straight to the professionals to avoid extra headache and lost time. Here are just a few DIY plumbing solutions that often end up losing you money:

  • Snaking your own drain: Many homeowners believe a wire hanger or a DIY home-snaking tool will solve your drainage problem. However, you should not put any foreign object down your drain without consulting a professional. Avoid pouring drain cleaner down your drain as well—many over-the-counter chemicals will do more harm than good to your pipes.
  • Unclogging your toilet: You may think the average, everyday clogged toilet is a breeze to fix. But what if the problem is something bigger? Before grabbing the plunger and risking a toilet overflow, call a professional. If you’ve already tried to unclog your toilet and nothing seems to be working, take a step back and give the team at Wagner a call.
  • Tightening or loosening pipes: If something has fallen down a drain and you want to loosen a pipe underneath the sink, think again. Just because you own a wrench or pliers does not mean you should use them on your plumbing. Many times, DIY plumbing solutions turn into a larger problem, costing you more money down the road.
  • Replacing faucets, showerheads, or handles: The best way to replace an old showerhead or faucet is to call a professional plumber, who can install it in no time. Too often, homeowners overlook crucial steps, forget to install an important part and get stuck, or install a new handle just plain wrong. Why spend twice or three times as long making the upgrade when a professional can get it done quickly and with no-hassle?

What a professional plumber can offer

Not only does a professional plumber have years of experience, but they are certified, trained, and friendly. The old stereotype surrounding plumbers is that they are rude, overbearing men or women, who storm into your home and make a big mess before overcharging you.

The TRUTH is this: Wagner plumbers are friendly, courteous, and true professionals who are able to solve any plumbing issue you may face. They carefully explain the situation to you and offer helpful tips and solutions. Our upfront pricing and guarantees ensures you’ll be left smiling after every job.

With a DIY approach, you’re left flying by the seat of your pants or relying on a YouTube 4-minute clip to give you careful instructions about the intricate plumbing systems of your home. Next time you reach for your own tools, remember this: A DIY approach is not always easier or cheaper than calling a plumber.

Regular maintenance makes all the difference

Even if your pipes aren’t broken and your showerhead isn’t leaking, you should still receive regular maintenance from a certified plumbing team. This maintenance can make all the difference between future breakdowns and a properly working home. Waiting for your plumbing to break down is like waiting for your car to break down on the side of the road before changing the oil and refilling the gas. Why wait for a problem to hit when you can be scheduling annual maintenance? The peace of mind you’ll receive is worth every affordable penny.

For excellent service, choose Wagner

Wagner offers plumbing services to the Albuquerque metro area and beyond. We know how it feels as a homeowner to face down a leaky faucet, clogged drain, or faulty water heater. Your plumbing problem will be treated as our number one priority. Give us a call today to schedule an inspection or repair. You’ll be glad you did!

Here are the causes and warning signs of a blocked sewer line

Although you probably rarely think about it, your home’s sewer line is one of the most important aspects of your house. This is the pipe that carries waste and water away from your home to the municipal sewer, and 80% of American homes have one (the rest have a septic system). The sewer line is often out-of-sight and out-of-mind until something goes wrong. A sewer blockage is a serious issue for you and your home when the waste and water no longer has a way to leave your home. So essentially, what goes down, must come back up. Not only is this very disgusting to have happen, but it is very destructive to your home as well.

In this article, we’ll discuss exactly what sewer blockages are, how they can form, and signs that may point to your home having a sewer block. If you do suspect that you may have a blockage, call the team at Wagner for 24/7 emergency plumbing repair.

Early warning signs of a blocked sewer line include drains simultaneously clogging throughout your home.

One of the early warning signs of a blocked sewer line includes drains simultaneously clogging throughout your home.

What is a sewer blockage?

All of the drains in your home lead to the same place—your sewer line. This is the pipe that runs from your home to the municipal sewer, usually located underneath the street. When this line is partially or fully blocked, meaning nothing can pass through it, a sewer blockage is only a matter of time.

Here are a few things that commonly obstruct sewer lines:

Waste, grease, and trash

Pouring grease down the drain is one­ of—if not the worst—things you can do to your home’s plumbing. Like an artery clogged with fat, grease will clog the inside of your sewer line the same way. Again, just like your blood vessels, this can cause a dangerous clot to form over time, until eventually it completely blocks the flow of water. This only worsens when non-biodegradable trash is added to the sewer line.

Tree roots

When your sewer line has a small leak, you probably won’t notice. The trees surrounding your home, however, will notice even the smallest leak. Their thirsty roots will start to inch closer and closer to the line, eventually strangling the physical pipe and breaking the line altogether. It is an important fact to keep in mind if your home has many trees in the yard near the line.

What are the signs of a blocked sewer line?

One of the first telltale ways to notice you have a sewer blockage is if your sink is not draining correctly. You can take your initial investigation a step further and look at the rest of the drains in your home—including tubs and shower drains—to see if they are not draining properly as well. If you have a sewer line blockage, all of the drains in your home will simultaneously clog. This is a very serious issue, and if you notice this is happening, immediately turn off the water supply to your home and call our team at Wagner. If you are able to put a stop to this, you can catch the block before too much damage is done.

A more serious sign you may notice is water starting to come up and out of the drains. This will start with the lower drains like showers and tubs, but could potentially impact the rest of your home. By turning off the water quickly, you should be able to put a stop to the rising water before too much damage is done.

What should you do if you have a sewer blockage?

A sewer obstruction is a major issue that will involve a professional plumbing company. Our team will need to come out, dig up the sewer line, clear the blockage, and replace the part of the line—all without compromising the structural integrity of the rest of your line. Needless to say, this is no DIY project, and you don’t want to work with a non-professional on this project.

If you suspect that you have a sewer line blockage, or plumbing issues of any kind, call Wagner as soon as possible. We offer 24/7 emergency repair; have friendly, trusted plumbers; and provide upfront, honest pricing.