Homeowners can sometimes be reluctant to call a plumber for one reason or another. Either they believe they can fix the issue themselves and that plumber would be a needless expense, or they think the issue at hand will, somehow, go away on its own. Well, to help you maintain your home correctly, we will give you eight clear signs you need to call a plumber.
Clear signs you need to call a plumber
One of the main problems with plumbing issues is that they are hard to notice. A minor issue can go under your radar for weeks unless you pay attention. Unfortunately, it will gradually develop into a bigger and bigger problem during those weeks. At some point, you’ll have no choice but to notice and call a plumber. And by that time, the repair will likely cost you a fortune. So, to avoid that from happening, here is what to pay attention to.
You have no running water
It takes little life experience to learn that having no running water is a significant problem within a household. Once you are faced with it, you first need to figure out whether it is something you need to address. Call your neighbors and see if they have the same issue. If it is a building-wide or even a street-wide problem, you should figure out what it is, so you know what to expect. But, if it is just you, you’ll need to call a plumber right away.
You have no hot water
Not having hot water is usually due to a broken water heater. In this case, the fix itself is relatively easy and inexpensive. But, in certain instances, having no hot water can be a sign of far bigger trouble. Temperature fluctuations can also signify major problems, either with the electric works connected to the water heater or with the pipes. In either case, calling a plumber is the best course of action.
Your water heater is sweating
Your water heater shouldn’t leak any water. A common mistake people make is to notice a small leak but think nothing of it. This is usually referred to as heater sweating or weeping. And, it is a reason for you to call a plumber. Sweating or wearing is typically due to minor cracks in casing or piping. If left untreated, these cracks will grow in size. But, if you catch them early, they will be pretty easy to take care of. Another sign of tiny cracks is rusty spots or a pool of collected water.
Low water pressure
Low water pressure can be due to many reasons. It can be a simple problem of clogging, which is simple to fix. But, it can also be a sign of more serious plumbing issues. The safest course of action is to call a plumber and have them perform an inspection. If nothing else, you’ll be able to rest easy that your plumbing isn’t in serious trouble.
Drains are clogged
Unclogging drains is something that almost every homeowner goes through. Most clogged drains will be dealt with a plunger and some elbow grease. Just make sure to use the right one. If the plunger doesn’t do the trick, you might want to call a plumber to your aid. Plumbers have the tools to figure out what is causing the clog and fix it. If there is a more significant issue, trying the home remedies will only postpone the resolution. And, as we’ve said multiple times when it comes to plumbing issues, time is of the essence.
Faucets won’t stop dripping
Similarly, dripping faucets can be reasonably easy to fix. It only takes a bit of tightening or some plumber’s tape in most cases. But, if that doesn’t do the trick, you will need to call for professional help. If you’ve just recently tried to make your kitchen look brand, a leaky faucet can be a sign of big trouble, especially if you worked on a limited budget.
Unfortunately, people tend to postpone calling a plumber. After all, a leaky faucet doesn’t seem like a big issue. But, know that if your faucet leaks ten drops a minute, you are wasting additional 500 gallons of water. Therefore, it is worth your time to address leaky faucets in a timely fashion.
If you plan on having kids, expect that overflowing toilets will be a common occurrence. In most cases, you can deal with it on your own. Yes, it will be a smelly job. But, all things considered, it won’t be that difficult. If you can’t unclog your toilet with a plunger and hot water, you need professional help. An overflowing toilet can be a sign of a bigger issuewithin your plumbing system. The leading cause is likely a clogged-up pipe. Unfortunately, that is not something you can deal with on your own.
Bad smell in the house
Sometimes, all the plumbing in your house can function adequately, but the smell of sewage can develop. In this instance, your best course of action is to call a plumber as soon as possible. The smell of sewage can be a sign of serious trouble. Maybe your drainpipes aren’t ventilated, or there is some damage due to a storm. Heavy rain can cause sewage backups or even clog up your system entirely. So, don’t try to mask the smell of power through it. In fact, this is one of the reasons why experts from spydermoving.com recommend caution if you smell a strong scent when checking out a home. The likely cause is that the owners are trying to mask the smell of sewage.
By now, it should be pretty evident that a good plumber is the homeowner’s best friend. After all, once you recognize one of the signs you need to call a plumber, you’d be happy to have a skilled one to rely upon. So, before an issue occurs, try to check your local area and see which plumbers have good ratings. That way, you’ll know which number to dial in time of need.
Guest Contributor: Sophia Perry