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How do you deal with weak water pressure?

For instance, let’s say you turn on your faucet, only to find that the water just trickles out.  After checking the other faucets in the house, you realize that the issue isn’t just limited to one sink.

It’s officially a problem.

So what’s the next step?  Do you attempt to fix it yourself, or call a plumber?

Many Angelenos view home repairs as a way to test their handy man skills.  Whether you’re a homeowner in Beverly Hills or an apartment dweller in Hollywood, we like to fix things ourselves.

In some cases, this might be fine.  Most of us are knowledgeable or intuitive enough to figure out a few basic jobs, even without formal training.

But how do you handle the problem that may just be outside your grasp?  Successfully fixing it yourself could be a good way to expand the boundaries of what you’re capable of.  On the other hand, if it goes awry, you could end up making things exponentially worse, and potentially cost yourself thousands of dollars.

When it comes to plumbing, you’re bound to face the DIY question at some point.  To help you decide which course to take, let’s first look at a couple examples of relatively easy jobs that you may be able to handle yourself.  Then we’ll consider some more complicated problem that requires the work of a professional.

Toilet repairs

Most likely you’ve had to deal with a wonky toilet in your life.  Usually this is a result of a clog, which can be solved by a few simple plunges.

Even if the problem is located inside the tank, you should be able to locate it by lifting off the lid and surveying the parts.  Maybe the chain is caught, or the arm is stuck.  Either way, with a little tinkering, you can solve the problem.

Clogged drains

These are another common – and usually simple – problem that you may be able to tackle yourself.  Let’s say your kitchen sink is backing up.  You could try commercial drainage chemicals, but if you don’t want to spend money on something that may or may not work, check the pipe itself first.

Locate the U-shaped bend in the pipe (or U trap) under the sink.  Next place a bucket underneath it to catch any water or debris, and using a wrench, unscrew the bend on both ends.  Allow it to drain out and replace.

Sewer line repair

This is definitely not the kind of job for an untrained novice.  If you experience soaked patches or bad smells from your lawn, call a professional.  In fact, for the best plumber Los Angeles has to offer, Ritz Plumbing is ready to serve you.

From the San Fernando Valley to Marina Del Rey, our team of experts handles the minor stuff, but we’re also adept at what’s called trenchless sewer repair.  It’s a process that allows us to fix your busted underground line, without tearing up your lawn.

Along with water heater repair and pipe inspection, it’s just one of many residential or commercial jobs best left to a pro.

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