Know When To Reach Out To Your Plumber

Posted on: 23 April 2019

If you are a first-time homeowner, you may not be familiar with the plumbing in your home. While a small clog can be managed with a plunger or some chemical drain cleaner, there are a number of reasons to call your plumber immediately. A big leak in your basement is an obvious reason to get plumbing help, but a cold water heater and no running water are other reasons. If you are having a problem with a leak or don't have any water flowing and you can't figure out why, a plumber is there to help resolve the situation. 

There's No Water

When you turn on your faucet and there is no water, this is a problem. If you check your main water supply in the basement and there isn't a leak, see if the plumbing was shut off for some reason. You can shut off all the water to your home using the main water valve. When you or your spouse haven't touched the main water valve, you need a plumber to figure out the problem.

Your Water Pressure is Low

A change in water pressure is always a reason to be suspicious about your plumbing. Your town or city could be flushing the fire hydrants, which can cause a temporary reduction in your water pressure. If the hydrants are not being touched, you could have a blockage in your faucet or pipes. Sediment can build up over time, causing a blockage in your plumbing.

When Your Drains Smell Bad

A clog in your main sewer line can lead to sewage building up in your plumbing. If you notice a sewage smell coming from your drains, you could be very close to a total blockage in your plumbing. A plumber will need to take care of the clog deep in your system before you have sewage come back up into your home.

Your Drains Are Slow

Another sign that you have a clog building deep in your plumbing system is when drains are going slowly. While one drain may be fixed by drain cleaner, when more than one drain is slow, this is more of a systemic problem. 

When you reach out to a plumber when you notice problems with the way your drains smell or are draining water, you have a better chance at preventing a plumbing emergency. Pay attention to your plumbing, and call for help when you need it.