6 Moments When You Should Call a Professional Plumber
We all do it. There’s something wrong with your plumbing, and you try everything that you can think of to fix it. Sometimes, you will be successful. And, sometimes you won’t. The most important thing to remember is to not wait too long before calling in a professional. You don’t want to make the problem any worse. Here are six moments when you should call a plumber.
1. Sudden change in water pressure
The only time you should notice a change in your water pressure is when two or more taps are running at the same time. If you suddenly notice a change in your water pressure, it could mean that there is a leak somewhere. If your water supply is from your municipality, you should call them first to see if there may be an issue on their end. If you live on a well, there could be either an issue with your well pump or a leak somewhere else which, if not repaired, could leave you with no water at all.
2. Dripping Faucets
If a faucet starts to drip, it’s probably an easy fix. Usually, it’s a matter of taking it apart and replacing an o-ring or something else that’s simple. But, if you wait and let the drip continue, you could end up replacing the entire faucet. Dripping faucets are one of those home maintenance tasks that you don’t want to fall behind on.
3. No hot water
If you don’t have any hot water or if it isn’t getting as hot as it used to, there’s an issue with your water heater. There are two types of water heaters.
- If you have a conventional water heater with a tank, it may be just a matter of relighting the pilot light. If the pilot light won’t ignite, you’ll want to call a plumber to either repair or replace the water heater.
- If you have a tankless water heater, it should give you an error code telling you if anything is wrong. You can always try to reset the unit. If it won’t reset and supply hot water, a certified plumber will be able to take care of it.
4. Water gurgling
If, when you either flush your toilet or turn on a faucet, you hear a gurgling sound in the drain, you may have a clog developing somewhere deeper in your plumbing. The sound you hear is the water trying to get through a narrow opening. You’ll want a plumber to clear out any blockage before the drain is completely clogged.
5. Water draining slower than usual
This would also mean that there is a clog developing somewhere in the drain. If you catch it early enough and the clog is minor, there are products that you can pour down the drain that will clear the blockage. If that doesn’t work, you should call a professional before it gets worse.
6. Sewage Smell
If you are smelling a strong sulfur odor coming from your drains or from anywhere else in the house, you’ll want to have it looked at immediately. The smell of raw sewage leaking back through the pipes is telling you there is something wrong with you home’s waste line. There are two different types of sewage disposal systems and each could have its own set of issues.
- City Sewer: If your home is connected to the local sewer line, call your sewer company first and have them take a look at their connection. If there are no problems with their lines, you may have a leaking pipe or a failed valve somewhere inside your home’s plumbing system that is allowing the sewer gas odor to get back into the house.
- Septic System: If your home has it’s own septic system, a few different things could be happening. It could be time to have the tank pumped. There could be an issue with a leaking pipe or a failed valve. And, the worse case scenario would be a failing septic tank.