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When Is It Time To Call a Plumber?

Whether you consider yourself a total do-it-yourselfer or a complete rookie when it comes to home repairs, it’s important to know when it’s time to leave something to the professionals.

All too often, homeowners try to cut costs by trying to repair water issues themselves and end up causing more damage that can be twice as costly to repair in the end.

A good rule of thumb to work from is that if you can’t properly diagnose the source of the issue, it’s best not to try to fix it yourself, and to call a plumber instead.

Here are seven situations that should alert you that it’s time to call a plumber:

1. Bathtub, Sink, or Toilet That Won’t Drain

Most clogs will only worsen if they’re not dealt with immediately. Now there are ways that you can unclog a toilet without a plunger, but if over-the-counter drain cleaners, plungers, or drain snakes aren’t working, call a plumber immediately before the clog gets worse. Trying to repair the clog yourself, you may end up scratching the porcelain or damaging the pipes.

2. Dripping Faucet

While in most cases you may be able to easily tighten a leaky faucet, not all faucets are quick fixes. A small leak may not seem like a big deal, but a leaky faucet dripping at the rate of one drop per second can waste up to 3,000 gallons in one year—the equivalent of 174 showers. It’ll likely cost you much more to let the faucet leak than it would to call a plumber.

3. Poor/Inconsistent Water Pressure

Whether it’s poor water pressure from a single faucet, or a common issue across your entire home, it’s best to call a plumber if you’re having water pressure issues. While it may be as simple as cleaning out a single fixture or unclogging a pipe, there may be bigger issues with your water supply that need to be resolved.

4. Frozen Pipes

Trying to thaw frozen pipes on your own could result in cracked pipes or even worse, full bursts. To save yourself from a huge mess, call a water damage restoration specialist.

5. Water Heater Issues

If your water isn’t getting hot enough or water temperature is inconsistent, it’s likely you have water heater issues that need to be looked at by a professional. If your water heater isn’t getting hot enough, it can become a cesspool for bacteria. And nobody likes sudden bursts of scalding water in the shower. Tinkering with a flammable, pressurized water heater on your own can be dangerous so leave it to the pros.

6. Home Renovation Projects

If you’re doing home renovations that involve plumbing in any way, it’s best to seek out the services of a plumber. They can ensure that all proper permits have been acquired and that all work is up to code.

7. Visible Leaks or Water Damage

If there are any signs of water damage in your home, including water stains or mold, call a plumber or water restoration specialist immediately. Water damage in your home can cause mold, which can be hazardous to your health.

For more helpful plumbing tips or to seek consultation about any water damage in your home, contact a local water restoration specialist today.



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There are 10 comments. Add yours.

  1. Tyler Meredith

    It’s interesting that a dripping faucet could be a good reason to call a plumber. I’ve noticed two of my faucets are dripping and I want to have it stopped. I’ll have to call a plumber to make sure it’s fixed appropriately and quickly and to make sure it’s not a serious problem.

  2. John

    My wife and I have been talking about doing some renovation work in our bathroom. In the article, it says that it may be best to utilize the services of a plumber when renovations involve plumbing. I know my wife wants to get new sinks and faucets, so maybe I would be best off calling a plumber for installation.

  3. Jade Brunet

    It is good to know that plumbers can help if you have issues with frozen pipes. I did not realize that frozen pipes could result in cracking pipes. Asking friends and family for references would be a good idea to find a plumber who is reliable and comes with proper equipment.

  4. LNWeaver

    I like your advice to call a plumber if over-the-counter drain cleaners, plungers, or drain snakes aren’t working. Clogs will worsen over time. Make sure to find a plumber before your emergency; it’s no fun to try and do research when you can’t use your plumbing.

  5. Finley Moreira

    I’ve been looking at having my bathroom remodeled in the near future. I was interested to read that you suggest I enlist the services of a plumber if I’m attempting any sort of renovation due to ensuring proper permits and code. I definitely want my remodel done right the first time, so I definitely wouldn’t mind hiring a plumber to ensure this.

  6. Yaconey

    Awesome Site. Very much enjoyed reading.

  7. Becca Holton

    I’ve never thought to consult with a plumber because of home renovations. That sounds like a really good idea since you mentioned they can help ensure you have all the proper permits. I feel like that could save me from many problems in the long run. Luckily, renovations haven’t started, so I have more time to find a reliable plumber.

  8. Jack Titchener

    I think you make a great point in getting repairs as soon as possible so that bacteria doesn’t gather in concentrated cesspools. My kitchen faucet is broken and it might be because it is clogged with something like sludge. I’ll have to consider your tips and get that fixed so that the bacteria doesn’t spread.

  9. Ashley Maxwell

    Thanks for your comment about how you should hire a plumber so that you don’t make your drainage problems worse. I like how you said that they should be able to repair water problems that may arise in your home as well. My husband and I are considering expert plumbers to do some drain cleaning in our kitchen and bathrooms.

  10. Our neighbors had a pipe burst last winter when they froze and weren’t treated. I want to be sure and not make the same mistake this year because it is supposed to be really cold. It will probably be best to get a professional to come fix it if we experience the same issues.

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