If you have discovered a plumbing problem in the basement you had best call a plumber. There are lots of choices online and in the local newspapers, but don’t let that discourage you. It is actually quite easy to find a company with the right stuff. Just include the word “reviews” in your search and you should find dozens of plumbing companies with customer reviews. Some will be glowing and some not so much. But the thing is to find a company with a few good and maybe one of two not so great reviews. That will probably be the real deal. If you feel there are too many reviews that all look fantastic then they may be fake.
Fixing a Wet Basement
A wet basement can be an expensive problem. If you find even the least hint of a leaking pipe, or the sewer line stinks it is time to call a plumber. A stinking sewer line could indicate a clogged drain or possibly a sewer connection that needs to be corrected. If you have the even the slightest suspicion of a plumbing problem call someone right away. Better to be safe than sorry. A wet basement is no fun for anyone. If this is the case then there may be basement waterproofing work needed.
If you are just puttering around the house and want something to do here are a few tips for keeping things in working order.
For The DIY Handyman
Tightening a pipe too much is just as bad or even worse than not tightening it enough. You can harm its threads or crack it, so tighten it to where the leak stops, and then stop.
Ensure that the overflow holes in your sinks are not clogged. Overflow holes drain sink that fill too full and may go unnoticed until they are needed. Clean the overflow holes when you can, like when doing periodic checks for various other repairs and problems.
The dryer has a lint trap that must be kept clean. This could prevent you from a tons of trouble, and it can also prevent fires. Search the lint trap to see if there are any tears or holes, this helps to prevent lint from getting into the pipes, which can cause clogs and many other problems.
One Last Thought
Always be careful when searching for a plumbing company. Trust your instincts and choose someone you feel comfortable with.