From a small leak to a broken toilet, plumbing problems are never fun and always seem to come at the worst time. In the moment it can be easy to ignore the issue, thinking that you’ll get to it yourself this weekend or that it could magically fix itself overnight!
However, there are some plumbing problems that should never be left alone and that require the expertise of a plumber.
Don’t DIY Your Plumbing
No matter how handy you’re feeling, calling a plumber is always a good idea. Plumber training is extensive for a reason; there is a lot that goes into our plumbing systems that most homeowners don’t know about.
We’ve put together a list of 5 common plumbing situations that are begging you to call your plumber.
You go to turn on the sink and...nothing. This is one of the most frustrating plumbing problems to have! After all, your plumbing’s main job is to bring water to and from your home. There are a few reasons your home may not be getting water.
An old tap connection can easily become clogged or corroded, creating a barrier water cannot pass through. Your plumber can come in and replace the connection, or simply clean the existing one and reconnect it.
Like most things in life, plumbing materials don’t last forever! Sometimes, old plumbing causes this no-water issue. A plumber is able to help determine if your water line is old, outdated, and in need of replacement.
A build-up of minerals and other hard water residues may have created a clog in your pipes, causing a stop in water flow.
These issues are not always visible to the homeowner, as they’re problems that are hidden in the walls. That is why it is so important to call your plumber to get to the root of the problem efficiently and safely.
A leak is no joke in the plumbing world. They can start small and quickly spin out of control and cause lasting damage to your home. Like when you have no water, it’s not always easy to know where a leak is, meaning your plumber will need to come in to find it!
It’s important as a homeowner to know the signs of a leak:
- Water spots on the walls
- Low water pressure
- Dripping noises
- Lingering smells
- Higher than usual water bills
- Peeling paint
- Mold or mildew growth
If you’re experiencing one or more of these, get your plumber on the line as soon as possible.
Getting a new dishwasher, toilet, shower, or washing machine is very exciting! It can be tempting to try to connect these appliances on your own, however, we do not recommend that. You’re adding a brand new item to your plumbing system and this is nothing to play around with. A wrong connection can create a lot of problems, so stick to a professional’s help here.
Backflow is when the water in your pipes suddenly changes course and reverses back up into your pipes and out of your appliances/fixtures. It can create a pretty nasty situation that threatens the health of your family, furniture, and possessions.
Since you’re dealing with contaminated sewer water here, we highly recommend you call an emergency plumber as soon as possible and vacate the area.
A very common and irritating problem homeowners see with their plumbing is a slow drain. Slow drains are typically caused by a clog. Your plumber will never recommend a quick-fix here, such as a grocery store drain cleaner. These products are actually known to do more harm than good to your pipes!
Instead, call your plumber. They can assess the situation and use a plumbing snake, or auger, to completely clear your drain and get the water flowing freely once more.
Now that we’ve told you over and over again to call a plumber, here’s the plumber you should call: Atlas Plumbing! Our team has been servicing the area for over 40 years and are ready to tackle any problem your plumbing may have. Call us today at (702) 819-7137!