I received yet another email recently asking for some DIY repair tips. The sender gladly allowed me to share her concern:
Hi, Michael. My name is Cordelia, a homeowner from Illinois. I am experiencing a water heater failure in my home in Naperville and I need some tips on how to find the source of the problem and some DIY solutions to fix it. Thanks.
I responded to the email asking for more specific details on the issue, but there is no response yet. Instead of waiting, I decided to create this post and give her some generalized tips to solve her dilemma.
Minor clogged toilet and drains are some plumbing issues that are relatively easy to solve on your own, using basic tools you already have in your home and some plumbing know-how. However, a water heater problem is a different story. Water heater repairs or installation can be too complicated to be tackled by homeowners who have little to no plumbing skills.
I understand the need to save some cash on repair bills, but keep in mind that doing-it-yourself does not always mean it would be cheaper. My best advice for you, Cordelia is to call a licensed plumber in Naperville. An expert would know what to do to diagnose the source of the problem and he will be able to perform necessary repairs without delay. It is important to hire someone in your area so that you can be sure that the tech will arrive quickly.
If you don’t know any trustworthy plumbing company yet, I would recommend Plumbers 911. They have highly-trained contractors who are available any time of the day. They offer a wide variety of plumbing and water heater services, so be sure to call whenever you need them!