If you need to call the plumber, there are a few things you'll need to tell them. The information you give your plumber will help them to prepare for their visit. In fact, some of the details you provide them with will help them to protect themselves from accidents and injuries. In addition to the plumbing issues you're facing, here are three things you need to tell your plumber.
You Used Chemical Drain Cleaner
If you're dealing with a clogged drain, you need to talk to your plumber about any do-it-yourself measures you might have taken to resolve the issue. This is especially true where chemical drain cleaners are concerned. Chemical drain cleaners can cause serious burns and skin irritations, especially if they back up through the drains. Unfortunately, that can happen once your plumber starts working to clear the clog. If you've used any type of chemical agent to clear the clogs, let your plumber know before they begin work. If possible, show them the empty container. That way, they'll know what they're facing.
You Had Raw Sewage in Your Tub
If your plumbing issue caused raw sewage to back up into your bathtub, let your plumber know before they begin work on your drains. Raw sewage is a sure sign that the plumbing problem is located somewhere deep down in your drains. That information will help your plumber locate the source of the plumbing problem. Not only that, but letting your plumber know that you had raw sewage in the tub will let them know that they need to wear protective gear when working on your plumbing. Raw sewage can contain bacteria that's harmful to humans.
You Poured Grease Down the Drain
If you've got a clogged drain, your plumber will want to locate the cause of the problem. If you've been pouring grease down the kitchen drain, this is something that you need to share with your plumber. Grease and oil don't stay in a liquid form once they get poured down the drain. Once they come in contact with the cold, they harden to a thick consistency. When that happens, they cause a clog that doesn't let anything else get through the drain. Before your plumber gets started on your drain, let them know that they may encounter grease or oil. That way, they know what tools to use to take care of the problem.
Don't leave your plumber in the dark. If you've got plumbing problems, be sure to share the details listed above with your plumber.