Malfunctioning sink pipes
Drano didn’t get the water flowing again but it’s pretty clear the pipe under the sink is the culprit. All you need is a bucket and a wrench to get that hairy clog out, right? Think again. Doyle James, president of Mr.Rooter Plumbing says unless you are certain you know where the problem is, dismantling pipes can be risky. “Pipes are complex and very tricky to reassemble, particularly when they’re in close proximity to other plumbing components and machinery, such as dishwashers or garbage disposals,” says James. Even if you’re certain the obstruction is under the sink, if you don’t have prior experience with dismantling and reassembling pipes, you better leave it to a plumber, James says.
Buying a new dishwasher at a superstore doesn’t always come with free installation, but hiring a pro is definitely worth the extra cost according to James There’s a lot of moving pieces and it could be more trouble than it’s worth. You may have to drill into a cabinet to make holes for the water lines, position the water and electric lines, hook up the water lines, and more. “The complexities involved with setup, such as installing water and drainage lines under the kitchen sink cabinet, are best handled by a professional.”
Low water pressure
Does it take forever to fill up your big spaghetti pot? Low water pressure is frustrating and sometimes easily fixed. According to James, removing the aerator and cleaning out the gunk may do the trick but if it doesn’t, that’s probably a sign this may be a DIY improvement to leave to the pros. “From time to time, low water pressure and the causes behind it could be indications of greater problems within a plumbing system. It could be a fractured pipe, an eroded water line or a water leak in the system,” says James. (Make sure you never ever pour these 12 things down the drain!)