Don’t know when to call a plumber? Check out our top reasons to reach out to the experts.
Let’s face it – we often call a plumber only when it’s the last resort. Unfortunately, that’s usually when we’re dealing with ruined drywall, backed-up drains or some other plumbing catastrophe.
Knowing when to call your plumber can help keep something as simple as a slow leak from spiraling into something bigger and nastier. Here are a few telltale signs that it’s time to pick up the phone and call the pros.
1. No Water
There’s nothing like turning a faucet, only to see nothing come out at all. Unless you’ve shut off your main water supply by accident, this is a major sign of a serious water problem. A broken water main, clogs caused by excess mineral buildup, and even frozen pipes can put a damper on your water supply.
2. No Hot Water
No one likes taking cold showers or washing dishes in cold water. If there never seems to be enough hot water, then it’s likely an issue with your water heater. Either it’s simply too small for your home’s hot water needs or there’s a fault resulting in intermittent or nonexistent hot water delivery.
3. Low Water Pressure
You have water, but it takes ages to fill up a glass, wash your hands or take a bath. Sometimes resolving this issue is as simple as removing and cleaning your faucet’s aerator. If it’s a house-wide problem, however, you’re likely dealing with a problem that’s hindering your water delivery, such as a cracked or broken pipe within your home’s foundation.
4. Slow or Nonexistent Drains
It’s not unusual for your drains to clog up now and again. However, any drain issue you can’t solve with a plunger merits a closer look by an experienced and qualified plumber. Underlying issues range from excessive hair and/or grease buildup to roots pushing their way into the drain pipes.
5. There’s Water Everywhere
Obviously, a broken pipe or a serious water leak requires a phone call. A soggy carpet or a sagging ceiling could also be hiding some serious plumbing issues. In the event of a serious leak or rupture, turn off your water supply and call your plumber ASAP.
Other Reasons to Call a Plumber
The above highlights some of the more serious reasons to call a plumber immediately. Of course, there are plenty of other issues that a plumber can easily solve:
- Your toilet runs nonstop – If your toilet keeps running after a flush, then it’s likely due to a broken or defective flapper. Your plumber can easily take care of this issue, plus more.
- Your drains gurgle – Gurgling drains usually indicates a partially or fully blocked drain or sewer line, although a blocked vent system could also be the culprit.
- Your home smells awful – Clogs and other plumbing issues can cause sewer gases to permeate through your home. Your nose knows when it’s time to call a plumber.
- Your water heater is sweating or weeping – Water heaters can experience condensation for a number of reasons. It’s a good idea to have your plumber check to make sure there’s not a serious reason behind it.
- You plan on installing new appliances – Got a new water heater or dishwasher? An experienced plumber can help make the installation process smoother.