PlumbingSeptember 4, 2019by mcmullen

Professional Repairs, When DIY (Do It Yourself) Is Not an Option

“Doing it yourself” or DIY is a favorite pastime for many people. You can accomplish repair jobs like fixing a broken light switch or a loose molding to save time and money. But not all tasks are risk-free. Some, like serious sink blockages in the kitchen or laying gas lines, are hazardous and should be left for the professionals. Compared to a professional, you may cause more damage than fixing something. Avoid ending up with an expensive mess and trust professionals at McMullen’s Refrigeration & Heating Ltd. We offer commercial and residential plumbing services in Red Deer and Central AB.

Don’t Do It Yourself or DDIY


TV shows and YouTube videos make DIY repair tasks appear very easy. Several things can still go wrong in repair jobs involving plumbing, gasfitting and drainage repair. You may end up invalidating your home insurance or paying possible fines. Call an expert when you have to attend to jobs like:

1.      All Things Electrical

Fatal accidents while doing electrical work at home are common. Even though the task seems to be a minor one, it could be dangerous. A single wrong move could hurt you or even burn down the house. Some tasks require permits or special tools and procedures. Your mistake can lead to costly repairs. A well-maintained house is very important if you want to sell your house in the future.

2.      Sink Blockages

You can start with trying to fix a slow draining sink with a plunger or using a drain cleaner to unclog it but if that does not work, call a professional like McMullen’s for residential plumbing services. Avoid unnecessary chemicals or you will end up accidentally harming the health of the plumber who will later work on it. Professionals use specialized equipment and have the experience to navigate tricky blockage problems.

3.      Malfunctioning Water Heaters

The most common causes of this problem are:

·         A broken dip tube

·         Sediment buildup in the tank

·         Malfunctioning heating system

Old calcium deposits, which are common in Alberta homes, are difficult to clear and need annual chemical flushing. Diagnosing and repairing these problems requires adequate knowledge of appliances and their functionality. It’s best to leave this to a licensed professional plumber and they will guide you through the repair and advice on whether you need a replacement.

4.      Ceiling Leaks or Soggy Patches on Wall

Damp walls are an indication of leaking pipes. In winter months, water expands after freezing and causes the pipes to crack or burst. Despite your precaution of insulating the pipes, problems may still arise. Call the plumber as soon as you notice something wrong like water leaking from the ceiling or walls. They can diagnose and fix the issue faster and safely with quality thawing equipment.

5.      Leaking Toilets, Sinks and Pipes  

If you are thinking of replacing the sink, the vanity unit or the toilets, you should be aware of the waste pipe connected to them. A sewer leak can damage your property and cause health hazards for everyone in the building. Do not neglect wastewater leakages or mistake it for a water supply line leak. Accessing sewage pipes for corrective work is time-consuming, and only skilled professionals should work on residential plumbing jobs.

6.      Faulty Gas Appliances

Many home appliances run on gas like clothes dryers, ovens and water heaters. It might seem easy to repair the appliances but even a little gas leakage is dangerous. This can happen while incorrectly moving, hooking up or resealing lines. Gas is silent and invisible, making it all the more difficult to detect. If you smell a gas leak, make sure to shut off the gas to your home immediately and give a professional a call to assess the situation for your own safety. This will help avoid accidents such as fires, explosions and fatal poisoning.

Please feel free to contact McMullen’s Refrigeration & Heating Ltd for small and complex problems.  We are here to help and we guarantee the quality of our work, offer financing and warranty our work.


Service Areas

  • As far south as Olds/Bowden
  • North to Ponoka and west to Eckville
  • More or less 50 km East/West/North/South
  • Red Deer
  • Sylvan Lake
  • Blackfalds
  • Lacombe
  • Ponoka
  • Penhold
  • Innisfail
  • Olds
  • Sundre
  • Gull Lake
  • Bowden
  • Didsbury
  • Spruce View
  • Echville
  • Bently
  • Rimbey
  • Threehills
  • Alix
  • Stettler
  • Counties we service:
    • Red Deer County
    • Lacombe County
    • Mountain View County
    • Kneehill County

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