How do You Know if You Need a Plumber?
Some plumbing issues like running toilet, leaking faucet, etc. can be quick and easy fixes that most homeowners can complete on their own. However, there are many other plumbing issues that will require the expertise of a reputable plumbing company like LeadingEdge Plumbing & Rooter. Otherwise, a simple plumbing issue can quickly turn into a devastating problem. Though there has been an explosion of DIY videos and blogs online, this is not always an advisable route to take, especially if you have no formal plumbing training or experience. Listed below are some of the more serious situations that will require an experienced plumber to remedy.
You Have a Major Leak
This may seem like common sense. However, many homeowners are overconfident in their plumbing knowledge and abilities. Though supply line leaks are not very common, when they occur, it can cause significant issues. Since a plumber will likely not be on the premises at the time of the leak, it is important for you to locate the main shut-off valve and switch it off as soon as you recognize the leak. This step can help you to avoid more damage as well as catastrophic flooding.
Issues With Your Water Heater
The most common issue that homeowners have with their water heaters is when it is not producing a sufficient amount of hot water. While it may be normal for your hot water to decrease after a family member takes a long shower, it should never take hours for it to heat back up. If this happens often enough, it may be time to call a plumber. Furthermore, if you notice that your water heater is “sweating” or leaking, it may be a sign of damage. While there are a few maintenance steps that you can take to maintain your water heater, attempting major repairs without a licensed plumber is a recipe for disaster and can be very dangerous.
There is no Water in Your House
If you find that there is no water in your home at all, it may be that the city is conducting repairs (so it is affecting the entire neighborhood) or it could be an issue that only you are dealing with. If you find that the officials have cut the water off to make repairs, then just wait for them to turn it back on. However, if your neighbor’s water is running, you are likely facing a serious plumbing issue. It could be caused by frozen pipes, major blockages, leaks, etc. The best way to find out is to connect with a professional that can quickly diagnose the problem and make needed repairs.
Your Home Smells Like Sewage
There is nothing more off-putting than the smell of sewage in your own home. In some cases, sewage line backups or clogs can cause the unbearable smell of sewage. It is not wise to attempt to solve this problem on your own as you may cause it to get worse and potentially send raw sewage shooting into your yard. Backups and clogs can be caused by many issues, but you can help to prevent them by scheduling regular plumbing inspections and being mindful of what you flush down your toilets and drains.
You Smell Gas
Natural gas actually does not have an odor. However, a chemical called mercaptan is added as an alert. Thus, when you smell rotten eggs anywhere in your home (especially in rooms that house a water heater or gas stove), it is recommended that you immediately vacate the property and contact a master plumber to handle the issue.