Plumbing is something that many forget about, and don’t think about until it is too late. Most homeowners worry about the price and think they can handle the issue by themselves. However, beyond a plunger and drain clears, that’s about the extent of their knowledge. Hence, it is important to know when it is the right time to call a clogged pipe or drain, before it clogs up or bursts. Sure, you can try it yourself, but you run the risk of costing yourself thousands of dollars in repairs. So, here are some signs to look out for, so you know when to call a plumber.
#1 – Low Water Pressure
The reason behind dribbling sinks and showers isn’t easy to figure out. Since it can come from pipe obstructions, city supply issues, or poor pipe designs. If the issues continue to persist, calling a plumbing professional, who can recognize the source of your problem and provide an appropriate solution. Either way, some issues can be the lessening of water pressure from the faucet in your sink. It may simply be a case of gunk buildup in the faucet’s aerator but i also may be something more. Regardless, attempting to DIY a low-pressure problem can damage your home and sewer lines, as well as result in a continued low flow.
#2 – Slow Draining
If the drains in your kitchen and bathroom sink are taking longer than usual you should call a pro. Unless you are knowledgeable about what you should do, it is best to call a professional. Similarly, if the tub or any other item located to the plumbing is draining slowly, you need to call a plumber. If your over-the-counter drain products or plungers do not work, action is needed!
#3 – Terrible sulfur or sewage odor
If you smell an odor of rotten eggs or sulfur, this most likely points at a broken vent or pipes under your household. If you leave this unchecked, broken vents or pipes can cause environmental issues. It can wreak havoc on the foundation of your household as well. So, to avoid health issues or permanent damage to your house, call a plumber!
#4 – No hot water flowing
Generally, no hot water means the result of a failed water heater. The water heater can break down from a variety of issues, ranging from a total breakdown to minor component defects. Yet, despite what may be the source of the heater’s failure, it is best you hire a plumber or technician to handle the job. Since water heaters operate using electrical and gas systems, a mistake in working on them can result in damages to yourself or to your home.
#5 – Pipes have burst
During the winter, burst pipes occur when frozen water expands. The cracked pipes can cause major flooding. You can also have a bill for thousands of dollars as a result. Plus, affected pipes can be difficult to locate. The damage from the burst pipes can happen in the yard, behind the walls or even below your foundation. Once the plumber arrives, they can pinpoint the source of your leak, and start working on fixing it immediately. However, one thing to know is that even after locating the source of your leak and turning off the main, the water will have already caused damages. The plumber may recommend specific repairs, so listen closely to them.
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