Pipes are an integral part of your house’s water system, and they’re very tricky to repair. Plumbing works can tend to be quite expensive and can turn into a significant job repair if you are not vigilant about the little signs that show there might be a problem. Most homeowners tend to put off problems or create do-it-yourself or DIY solutions that could eventually worsen the problem.
There are some problems that you can fix yourself but here are some telltale signs that you should consider hiring a plumber:
Water doesn’t come out
Sometimes, there are scheduled water outages that enable water conservation especially in times of crises. When no water comes out of your faucet without prior announcement, here are some of the things you can do before you decide to call a plumber or plumbing company:
- You should first ask your neighbors or the nearby houses if they have the same issue.
- Check the outside water source if there are no busted pipes.
- If neighbors don’t have water, then you should call the water supplier in your area and report the problem.
- If your neighbors have water, ask if they have a water tank and let them test their faucets after turning off their tank.
If your neighbors have water, even with their water tank turned off, then you might have a plumbing problem that needs a professional’s touch.
You hear gurgling sounds
Machines are supposed to run without any unusual sounds. So, if your appliances and water system at home suddenly make gurgling noises, then you should have it checked immediately since it could be a sign of clogging. Some of these household items and appliances include the following:
- Water faucets
- Washing machines
When any of the enumerated makes gurgling sounds, it is advisable for you to immediately turn them off and stop using them temporarily until you have a plumber check it out.
Your toilet leaks
Leaking toilets are not normal since toilets are supposed to work without any water coming out from below. If your toilet suddenly leaks then you can take it as a sign that there might be something underneath. It is best that you call for help as soon as you can. If you leave this alone, you will find your bathroom flooding, and this can become a very tiring mess to clean.
Hearing water along your pipeline, even when no one is using water
When nobody is using any of the faucets or showers, then you should not hear any water flowing through your pipeline. When you do, this is a sign of a problem in your water pipe system. A bonus tip for you would be to check your water meter, to be sure. If it is still spinning even when water is not in use, then you can be a hundred percent sure that it’s time for you to call for a plumber.
Your pipes are frozen
Frozen pipes are inevitable after the wintertime, especially if your pipes are exposed. When this happens, it is better if you leave it to your trusted plumber to solve. Most homeowners try to DIY by trying to thaw the pipe using a hair dryer; this can turn into a big mistake, one that can even be very costly.
Your drains are slow or get clogged up
It is often the case that clogged drains can be solved by buying clog drainers from the grocery or hardware stores. However, what you may not know is that there may be an underlying problem from inside the pipeline that is causing the drains to be slow. These are situations that only expert plumbers can verify.
There is a rotten egg smell
When you suddenly smell rotten eggs coming out of your faucets or water system, this is also a sign that there might be a problem somewhere. This sewage-like smell can mean that there is either a broken part in your pipeline or something wrong with your house’s sewage system. Apart from a rotten egg smell and sewage odors, you should also look out for gas-like odors as this is also a sign of a possible plumbing problem.
You no longer receive hot water
Your water heating system is connected with your water pipes, so when your water still turns out to be cold, this can be a form of an early symptom for you to seek the help of a plumber. This unfortunate heating problem should be addressed as early as possible as if it is neglected, it can lead to even more significant problems, both with your heating system, and your plumbing.
These telltale signs will help expand your plumbing knowledge from knowing just about clogged drains to detecting deeper problems earlier, so you can immediately call a plumber. These signs will help avoid any heavy plumbing jobs. Remember, it is better to be safe and sure by calling someone who has the experience rather than risk doing it all on your own and regret it later on.
I like how you said that only expert plumbers can determine if there is an underlying problem causing your clogged drain. Over the past week, my wife has noticed that our sinks have been draining very slowly. We’ll have to hire a professional plumber in the next couple of days to inspect our system and fix any issues they find with our drains.