4 Reasons to call a Plumber
As a homeowner, we will always have household problems arise over time. Trying to save our wallet, we might watch a YouTube tutorial or two and come to the over-zealous conclusion “I’ve got this!”. While it’s always great to be a proactive handyman, occasionally we can bite off more than we can chew when it comes to plumbing. Attempting to fix something as simple as a pipe leak can actually cause more problems in the long run if you do not have the tools or experience to correctly solve the issue.
This list quickly highlights a few common problems you can face, and why it’s best to leave it to the professionals.
Low Water Pressure
Water pressure will always vary from place to place, however, if you notice a sudden drop in pressure, that’s when we have to assume there is an underlying problem. Faulty faucets can be easy for a homeowner to assess and fix, but if the issue is something more serious, such as clogged or cracked pipes, or a failing pressure regulator, then it’s likely time to call in a professional.
This one is a hot topic for debate between homeowners and plumbers. There are many times our kids, spouses, or cats can knock something down the drain when our backs are turned. A clog like this can usually be fished out easily. Unfortunately, usually doesn’t apply to all cases, and depending on the size or shape of the item causing the clog, it may require more than simply unscrewing the P-trap.
Wait…what did you just flush?!
As much as we might not want to admit it, sometimes it’s our own mistake. A liquid that we thought would go down fine hits those cold pipes and solidifies, coating the pipe and causing a clog over time. Our first thought is usually to pick up a chemical drain cleaner from the store, however most drain cleaners contain corrosive materials that can eat through your pipes along with the clog.
In short, try not to let a cheap problem become an expensive one! Knowing when to call a professional is important.
Know Your Tank
Hot water tanks are another staple comfort that come in different shapes and sizes. If we have a shower that is much longer than normal, or multiple showers occur in a row, we might find our hot water runs out. This will correct itself as the tank refills. Consistency is key however, and if our hot water is no longer heating as well or for as long, it could indicate a crack in the tank. A typical hot water tank has a lifespan of around 10 years, so be aware and know your tank.
Under no circumstances should you ever smell sewage in or around your home. If you do, a call to the plumber should be the first thing you do. Smelling sewage could mean a cracked septic pipe or vent. This is not only a bio-hazard, but can cause damage to the foundation of your house. This is typically an emergency repair, and fast response time is critical to minimize damage.
We all know that in a time of need, we can call a professional plumber to fix an issue that has arisen. What we aren’t all aware of is that in the event of an emergency, it’s essential to know where our gas and water shut off valves are. Should a pipe break and water starts spraying freely in your house or yard, a substantial amount of damage can occur in the time it takes for a plumber to arrive. This is why it’s important to stop it at its source as quickly as possible.
No matter the time, AllTight Plumbing and Heating is ready to assist you!