There are times when a little do-it-yourself project is the just the solution to a small, uncomplicated plumbing issue. At other times, starting a major plumbing project as a do-it-yourself endeavor without the needed expertise can result in bigger problems including bodily harm, property damage, and the need for even bigger, more costly repairs. The plumbing experts at Flamingo Plumbing and Backflow share these pointers on how to know when it’s time to call the plumber!
Low Water Pressure
When your waterflow is low and the issue is limited to a single faucet, it could be a clogged aerator which can be unscrewed and cleaned of sediment to solve the problem . If the water pressure is low in more than one faucet, there is a bigger problem, likely one that requires the expertise of a plumber. Low water pressure can be related to cracked or even broken pipes in the walls of your home or underneath it. This can lead to leaks every time you turn the water on, causing major damage to your home. Blockages in your pipes, poor plumbing design, and water supply issues can also cause low water pressure. A professional plumber can uncover the source of your problem and deliver the needed solution.
No Water At All
If you discover you have no water at all, you should call your neighbor first to find out if the problem is limited to your home or if it includes your entire neighborhood. Problems with the water main, backups, frozen pipes, major leaks, and more can cause water loss, and a plumber can help. If your neighbors are likewise affected, the plumber can help you find determine who to call for the needed solution. If the no-water-issue is your home alone, there is probably a leak, and the plumber can help identify the cause and provide the solution required to get your water flowing again. Leaks, depending on where they are and how severe they are can result in structural damage to your home and foundation, thus the need for fast and knowledgeable repair from the plumbing professionals.
Absent Hot Water
Often the absence of hot water comes from a faulty water heater. Water heater failure may happen as a result of a complete breakdown or a variety of other issues including defective components. No hot water signals the need to call a plumber. A plumber had the knowledge and expertise to handle repairs or replacement of your water heater and keep you safe in the process. Because water heaters work in conjunction with gas or electrical systems, attempting a DIY repair could be dangerous to you and your home. Your chosen plumber can help you determine the cause and its magnitude and resolve the problem with repairs to your existing water heater or the installation of a new water heater.
Blocked or Burst Pipes
Ongoing backups are usually the result of blocked sewer lines, which can be caused by non-flushable items, the buildup of sediment, and even tree roots. DIY attempts to clear these blockages can damage sewer lines and result in the need for more costly repairs. Your plumbing professional, on the other hand, can identify the issue – blockage, punctured, or broken sewer line and provide the proper solution. Cracked or burst pipes can cause flooding and damage in your home, outside in the yard, behind the walls, or beneath the foundation. An experienced plumber will be able to locate the source, deliver a solution and make recommendations regarding repairs to foundation, drywall, ceilings, or flooring.
Call the Professionals at Flamingo Plumbing and Backflow
These scenarios offer a sampling of the times you need to call a plumber. The professionals Flamingo Plumbing are always ready to help with your plumbing needs – repairs, installation, maintenance, and more.