You can usually unclog a toilet yourself. But, what do you do when your plunger fails you? Here are five signs it’s time to bring in a professional plumber.
There are certain home repairs you can troubleshoot yourself.
For others, you need to call in a professional and residential plumbing is one of them.
You can usually unclog a toilet yourself. But, what do you do when your plunger fails you? Check out these five signs it’s time to bring in a professional plumber.
1. Low Water Pressure
One of the common plumbing issues is low water pressure. Low water pressure isn’t always a sign of something serious. It could be as simple as gunk buildup in the faucet aerator which can be easily remedied by removing the aerator and cleaning the inside.
The cause of the poor water pressure could be caused by something bigger though. A fractured pipe, water leak, or an eroded waterline can all lead to low pressure. If you think it could be one of these problems, contact your plumber right away.
2. Drippy Faucets
Drippy faucets aren’t just annoying. When you have a leaky faucet, you’re literally watching your money go down the drain. They’re also a sign that you need to call a plumber.
Sometimes, a drippy faucet can be fixed by simply tightening the faucet or replacing a bracket. Other times, it’s caused by an element that’s not installed correctly or even a crack in a pipe.
3. Do You Hear Gurgling?
Do you hear a strange gurgling noise coming from your dishwasher, toilet, or washing machine? This noise may be a sign that there’s a clogged drain. When you hear this noise, it typically means that your system is looking for air. If you ignore it, don’t be surprised when you get a backup in your house.
In this situation, you should turn off your water and call a plumber for help.
4. Blocked Sewer Line
Blocked sewer lines are another one of the common plumbing problems. It can also be a very pricey one as well. If you’re experiencing regular backups and your drains aren’t draining, you need to call a professional plumber to find the problem just like you would have a professional HVAC come for an air conditioning repair.
Your first instinct may be to use chemicals and attempt to snake the drains yourself but resist the urge. Instead of trying to troubleshoot this yourself, a plumber can help prevent you from making the problem worse.
5. Flooding Inside Your Home
This may be a given, but if there’s flooding inside your home, call a plumber immediately. There are a few causes to indoor flooding:
- an issue with the washing machine hose
- full septic tank
- water heater leak
Aside from the water damage that your home will incur, this flooding can also negatively impact your health and safety leading to mold and other issues.
Is It Time to Call a Professional Plumber?
If you find yourself asking “Do I need a plumber?” the safest bet is to make the call. A professional plumber will troubleshoot any problems that you’re having and likely save you money in the long run.
Want more tips on keeping your home in tip-top shape? Be sure to check out our lifestyle blog for home advice and more.