When to Call A Plumber

Plumbing is often a household chore that isn't thought about until it's obvious it needs to be done. Your basic homeowner can operate a plunger and some drain cleaner, but that's usually about as far as their skills go. 

When you know what warning signs to look for, you can save yourself some money and some major hassle, not to mention the mess.

  1. Gurgling

Can you hear gurgling when you run the dishwasher, laundry, or toilet? It could very well be clogged! If it's gurgling when you're not using it, it's trying to find air because the pipes are backed up. 

If you can hear it when you are using it, turn it off immediately because it's on the way to the top! It's backing up!

  1. Hearing water in your pipes 

If you can hear water chugging on through your pipes when there's no water being run in the house you probably have a leak.

Look up, look on the walls, and look on the floor. You were looking for water stains if the spots are warm the leak is in your hot water line. Knowing where the leak is coming from is excellent information to pass on to your plumber. 

Having the problem identified before the plumber comes over could save you some money too!

Look at your water meter, and if it's running when no water is in use, there's a problem.

If you can hear water running in your toilet, these are usually simple fixes. All you may need is a simple flap replacement. If you can hear a hissing noise your internal tank is probably old and needs replacing.

  1. Low water pressure

Low water pressure is often a result of calcium buildup in your faucet's aerator. 

A simple remedy for this is to unscrew the aerator and clean the residue and placing it back. If this doesn't solve the problem you may have a bigger one. 

  1. Slow drainage

Are the sinks taking a little bit longer to drain? You can get yourself a snake at your local hardware store or some draining liquid. If this won't solve the problem it's time to call a plumber. 

  1. Frozen pipes

If your pipes freeze in the winter this is an emergency that requires a plumber specialty. You'll know when your water no longer comes out of your faucets, loud clanking noises, frost literally on the pipes, and the smell of sewage coming from your faucet.

If you try and fix this yourself chances are you will burst the pipes. So to prevent frozen pipes let your faucets drip cold water throughout the night. Also you can open your cabinet doors to wet warm air circulate around them.

  1. Sewage odor

When you smell rotten eggs you've definitely got a broken vent or sewer pipe under your house. These are environmental problems and when can really tear up your foundation. So whenever you smell this it's time to call a plumber.

  1. Smell of gas

The smell of gas in any part of your home is an immediate concern for you. Natural gas usually does it have a set but the seventh that is added is to let you know there is a leak. Instead of calling the plumber call your utility company immediately. Open the windows and your doors and refrain from using your appliances as long as you can. Even a simple flip of the lights which can cause a spark.

The point is to call a professional immediately so the problems won't fester and grow larger. You'll save yourself a ton of money by doing it sooner rather than later.

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