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When should you call a plumber?

October 19th, 2015 by gtowsley Leave a reply »

Guest Blog Post: Affordable Waterproofing LLC

When should you call a plumber?

Household plumbing problems are very common.  Virtually every homeowner will experience some type of plumbing problem at one point or another.  Often, these problems are minor and can be fixed by a savvy homeowner with a few basic tools.  Sometimes, however, the problem is urgent and/or requires more than basic plumbing knowledge to fix it.  In this article, we’ll discuss some of the situations that may arise in which calling a plumber is the best course of action.

Stubborn drain blockage

Most of the time, a clogged drain is an easy thing to fix.  However, if it is really blocked and not responding to typical unblocking methods, it may be time to call a plumber.  If you notice that your tub or sink is still draining slowly after you have used a commercial drain cleaning product, something stronger may be necessary.  For that, you’ll have to call a professional.  They have access to more powerful products and tools that loosen the debris that is causing the blockage.

Water pressure issues

When you turn on the shower, does the water come out at a comfortable pressure, or does it seem to just pour lazily out of the shower head?  Does it work well one day and not the next, or better from some faucets than others?  You could have a problem with your water pressure.  Inconsistent water pressure can be a serious problem, so if you notice changes in your pressure, call a plumber ASAP as this could be an indication of a serious problem. 

Constantly dripping faucets

If you lie awake at night listening to a dripping faucet and nothing you have done in the past has been able to successfully fix the problem, you might need to call in reinforcements from a plumber.  Dripping faucets are not only annoying, they waste a lot of water.  That equates to higher water bills for you and wasted water for the environment.  You may not think those small drips will add up to much, but a modest drip of 1 drop per second can add up to upwards of more than 3,000 gallons of water over the course of a year.  What’s more, a dripping faucet can also be an indication of a more serious plumbing problem.

Lack of hot water

Have you ever gotten all ready to hop in the shower, only to have to do the shower dance?  You know the one:  You are basking in the hot spray of the water when just like that, the spray turns from hot to frigid and you have to try to step out of the way of the water while trying to shut it off.  If you have started to notice that you don’t have as much hot water as you used to, it’s time to call a plumber.  You might have a leak in your hot water tank.

Frozen pipes

When winter comes, one of the biggest issues that can arise when it comes to plumbing is frozen pipes.  Unfortunately, frozen pipes can quickly become burst pipes, which is a very costly repair with potentially serious consequences.

Ignoring signs of plumbing issues can cause what would have been a small, easy-to-fix issue to snowball into a much bigger problem that will cost much more time and money to fix.  Instead of hoping that the problem will simply go away (which it won’t) call an expert such as Affordable Waterproofing LLC to help.

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