Plumbing tips – 5 Common Reasons to Call a Plumber
The plumbing in your home is a complex arrangement of pipes, joints, fittings, adapters, drains, faucets, and valves. Even recognizing a problem can be difficult amidst the array of fixtures; not to mention that the majority of the plumbing may be hidden behind walls, under floors, or even buried in the concrete slab upon which your home sits. The task of identifying a problem is bewildering enough, not to mention actually fixing the problem. That’s why it is important to recognize a plumbing problem when you see one. That way you’ll always be prepared to call your local plumber when you need advice or service.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons to call for plumbing repair:
- No water. After you’ve checked the water main and fixture valves, you may begin to wonder what’s going on. If you’ve not defaulted on your water utility bill, then you should call a plumber to find out what’s going on with your plumbing.
- Leak. Depending on your level of DIY confidence, you may try to repair a leak with whatever materials you have on hand. That may well be fine, as long it holds the water in while you call a pro. While some leaks are straightforward, small and slow leaks can be notoriously deceptive. You may have a leak in your walls for months with only a small brown water stain for evidence. If you catch it early, then you can prevent a lot of frustration and damage later on.
- Decrease in water pressure. Unlike your wastewater system, your potable supply is pressurized. If you notice your shower and faucets reduce to a fraction of their previous pressure, then it could indicate a hidden leak somewhere in your system. If you have a slab foundation, then there may be further evidence of a slab leak, if your foundation has shifted or settled.
- Inadequate hot water. You depend upon your water heater nearly every day, but you probably don’t think about it too much. That is, until you don’t have enough hot water for your morning shower…. Inadequate hot water can often be traced back to a worn-out heating element or thermostat issue.
- Frequent basement flooding. Depending on the topographical grade of your property and the location of your house, you may be subject to frequent basement flooding. If you don’t already have a sump pump, it’s a great way to keep your basement clean and dry during inclement weather, when the ground swells with water.
Keep the emergency number of your local plumber handy in case you quickly need professional assistance.
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