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Published on Dec 11, 2011
In 'how to' plumbing we aim to help you understand a number of issues relating to certain plumbing problems and the culture of online articles attempting to help people solve problems themselves. Essentially, this is not about how to fix plumbing problems because no article really has enough space or time to get in to the detail of a particular problem sufficiently to help you to fix it. Nor is it an attempt to discourage those with the knowledge, skill and talent to attempt to fix plumbing problems themselves if they want to. But the problem with how to plumbing articles and books is that they can be time-consuming, inaccurate, and expensive. You can save time,energy and money by getting a professional here.
For example, leaky taps are very commonplace and there are plenty of how to plumbing articles that aim to help you fix it. But that's assuming they cover it from the perspective you are dealing with. Fixing a leaky tap because of a worn washer is different from fixing it because of a broken seal. There may be other reasons why your tap is leaking so be careful you know the cause before you try to fix it. You may need to find lots of articles
Also, a radiator that doesn't heat up may have a blockage somewhere. Or it may be that the thermostat is broken. A how to plumbing article would need to be fairly detailed to fully cover both of these and other causal scenarios, so unless you have a good idea of what it is then we recommend getting in a professional.
Toilet cisterns are notorious for going wrong. A how to plumbing article on this would also have to cover lots of different possibilities and types of cistern (they're not all the same) to be helpful in assisting you to fix it. A 'have-a-go' amateur can do more damage than they'd wish to contemplate. There are plenty of professional plumbers here that could fix that fast. Find one here!
Non-draining drains occur for all kinds of reasons too. Usually, the cause is simply a blockage. But what if that blockage can't be easily shifted? What then? A how to plumbing article could certainly help you to deal with this yourself but what if the blockage is way down the pipe and requires specialist equipment? How would you know which it was. You could waste a lot of time, energy and money and not resolve the problem at all.
Boiler problems are common and fairly critical if they occur in winter. Urgency is what you need rather than a how to plumbing article and a day or two to do it yourself. A single boiler problem (because they are so complex) could be caused by either electrical, gas, pipe or water problem. Which article are you going to read while you slowly freeze to death?
Leaking pipes are a topic that are often covered in how to plumbing articles. Some do well to cover all possible causes and all possible solutions. But a comprehensive one which covers everything will probably take you day to read and they another to implement its instructions.
You know where we are going with this right. DIY fixes are ok if you enjoy it and you know what you are doing. If you don't, then we recommend professionals.
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