Signs You Should Call for Plumbing Repair
Let’s face it. Sometimes it takes a professional to solve a problem.
The plumbing in your home is no exception. Knowing when to call a plumber can make all the difference between a simple repair and unnecessary expense and damage to your home. Here are a few things to consider when deciding if you should call a plumber for repairs.
Assessing the Situation
We’ve all had a dripping faucet or clogged toilet. Most of us can handle those simple repairs.
There are times, however, when even the most ardent do-it-yourselfer should stop and assess the situation. Before plunging ahead, consider the following:
- Is the problem localized or widespread throughout your home?
- How long has the problem been occurring, a day, a week, a month?
- How much water or waste is flowing from the leak?
- Has the problem already resulted in damage?
If the answers to these questions indicate that the problem is widespread, long-term, and likely to cause damage, it is time to call the plumber.
Plumbing Repairs That Require Professional Help
Failing to recognize repairs that require a plumber can be costly. If you experience any of the following plumbing issues, it’s a good idea to call a plumber immediately:
- Flooding – Water or waste actively flowing from pipes or valves is a serious problem and must be stopped quickly to prevent damage, health and sanitation issues.
- Drop in water pressure – If widespread throughout your home, low water pressure is an indication of a break in a water main or the water line on your property. It is important to know which, and if necessary repair it as soon as possible.
- Slow drains – An occasional clogged drain is not unusual, but slow drains throughout your home may indicate a severe sewer blockage that can become worse with time and accumulated waste.
- No hot water – Hot water heaters have complex components, including gas and electric lines, heating elements, pressure relief valves, supply and distribution lines and a tank that must be maintained professionally to prevent cracking and failure.
- Blocked sewer line – Sewer and drain backups into sinks and toilets, or soggy spots in the yard from leaking sewage require professional repairs immediately.
- Frozen pipes – While some frozen pipes can be thawed without a problem, if the pipe has cracked from the freeze, thawing it will release water flow. If you are in doubt, it is always safest to call a plumber.
- Standing water -Water pooling around plumbing fixtures is an obvious sign of a problem. Leaking pipes, cracked water heater tanks, and backed up drains can all leave standing water or waste and must be addressed quickly to avoid damage.
- Plumbing renovations – If the time has come to upgrade plumbing fixtures it is always a good idea to have them professionally installed. Connecting new fixtures to older plumbing can be difficult. A plumber will see that it is done correctly and safely.
- Plumbing maintenance – Like other parts of your home, plumbing requires occasional maintenance. A plumber can take care of maintenance tasks like cleaning garbage disposals and drains, pressure testing water heaters and checking the function of plumbing fixtures
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