While you can handle some plumbing problems yourself, there are times when you may need a plumber's help. If you're handy, you might repair a faucet or put in a new faucet. Plus, nearly anyone can use a plunger to work a light clog loose. When it comes to other services, an experienced professional is needed. Here's when you should consider calling a plumber for assistance.
1. When You Can't Open A Slow Drain By Plunging
A slow drain is the first sign of a clog building in your plumbing. It's good to take action right away to clear the clog so the drain doesn't close off completely. A good way to do this is to grab a plunger and start working on the drain. If you can't get the clog to budge after plunging for several minutes, call a plumber for help. They may need to use a hydro jet or drain snake to get the drain open.
2. When You Get A Huge Water Bill
You can have a water leak and not even know it. This can happen when a pipe that's under the ground leaks and the leak is out of sight. The first indication of a problem is when you get a huge water bill. If this happens, call a plumber. They can verify you have a leak and then find it so the leak can be repaired. The plumber can use leak detection tools to hunt down the leak and then repair it so your next water bill won't be so high.
3. When A Drain Leaks Under The Sink
A leaky drain under the sink is a common problem. This can lead to water damage to the cabinet and floor, so you'll want to get repairs as soon as possible. The dampness can also draw insect pests, so a drip under the sink isn't something to ignore. The plumber may need to replace a pipe or part of it to get the leak to stop.
4. When Your Water Heater Stops Working
It's an unpleasant surprise when you don't have hot water. Your water heater may stop making hot water without warning. A loss of hot water has a few different causes, so your plumber has to troubleshoot your heater to figure out what's wrong. They'll probably need to replace some parts to get the heater working again. There could be a problem with a heating element or thermostat. There might also be a problem in the ignition area of the heater if it's powered by gas.