When Is It Time to Call Your Local Plumber?October 17, 2018
If your faucet starts leaking or you suddenly start experiencing low water pressure, should you call a local plumber to fix the problem or should you attempt to fix it yourself?
A good rule of thumb to follow is that if you can diagnose the source of the problem yourself, you can go ahead and attend to it. But if not, it’s best to call a plumber. Here are five specific situations in which you will probably want to call your local plumber:
Bathtub, Sink, or Toilet Will Not Drain Properly
A clog in your pipes is something that needs to be taken care of as soon as possible because it will only worsen with time. Initially, you can try to use a plunger (if it’s a toilet issue) or an over-the-counter drain cleaner, but if neither of those makes a difference in drainage, call your local plumber to get the job done as quickly as possible. If you attempt to resolve the problem yourself beyond using drain cleaner, you could risk damaging the pipes further.
In most cases, you can likely fix a leaky faucet yourself, but if you have tried replacing the washers in your compression faucet or you are not even sure where to begin with your complicated ball-type faucet, call a local plumber. A small leak may not seem like a big deal, but a dripping faucet can cause you to waste up to 3,000 gallons of water in a single year. In the long-term, it will cost you less money to call a plumber right away than to let the problem persist.
Poor Water Pressure
If you notice a change in water pressure, such as in your shower, check the other water fixtures in your home to see if it is only a problem with the shower or if the issue is house-wide. If it is just your shower, you can try cleaning out the showerhead to get rid of any residue build-up to see if that was the source of the issue. If this does not work, or if you find that every water fixture in your home is experiencing poor water pressure, call in a plumber to resolve the issue and potentially uncover any other issues with your water supply.
On the coldest nights of the year, it is a smart idea to leave your faucets dripping so that your pipes do not freeze overnight. Yet, if you forgot to take this precaution, you should not try remedying the problem yourself. Attempting to thaw the pipes by yourself could result in cracked or burst pipes, which is infinitely more expensive to fix. Save yourself time, money, and frustration by bringing in a local plumber as soon as possible.
Issues With Your Water Heater
Having issues with your water heater can be a very aggravating experience. You might encounter random bursts of scalding water in the shower, or the water might not get hot enough at all. The water not getting hot enough is surprisingly a bigger issue than having inconsistent water temperature because insufficient heat can provide the perfect habitat for harmful bacteria to grow. Water heaters are flammable and highly pressurized, so it’s best to leave this one to the professionals.