Attempting to fix a major plumbing problem yourself can only result in more setbacks. Rather than suffer possible injuries and cause major property damage by attempting to do the repair work yourself, call a professional plumber.

It’s important that you understand the warning signs of a plumbing problem before it gets worst. Below are some telltale signs that you shouldn’t ignore and prompt you to call a plumber immediately.

1. Frozen Pipes

If you have frozen pipes in the dead of winter, then by all means call an emergency plumbing service pronto! Signs to look out for include odd clanking noises, a lack of running water, sewage smell and some visible frost on the pipes.

Don’t ever attempt to fix frozen pipes yourself, as doing so can result in cracks or much worse, the full-on bursting of your pipes. To prevent having frozen pipes, allow your faucets to drip cold water overnight every time outdoor temperatures drop. Also, leave your sink cabinet doors open for warm air to circulate.

2. Slow or Clogged Drains

If a store-bought drain snake didn’t solve your slow-moving or clogged drain, this may be a sign of a more serious plumbing problem. And since you can’t find the main cause of the problem, call a professional plumber. He can use other plumbing tools to correctly diagnose the situation without causing further damage to your pipes.

3. Water Leaks

Water damage making its way along your floors, walls or ceiling may be caused by a leak from your interior pipe. Over time, leaks can lead to more serious damage to your home. So before the problem gets much worse, let a plumbing professional find the source of the leak, and fix it, once and for all.

Hearing Water in Your Pipes When Not in Use

When you hear water running through your pipes even when nobody’s using any faucets or shower heads, this may mean you have a leak. Check for any signs of wet or brown spots on your walls, ceilings, etc. Look at your water meter and see if it’s spinning even if there’s no water in use.

Leak problems can cause quite a mess, and most plumbing services don’t include cleanup. Their main goal is to fix the plumbing problem and tidying up is not part of their job. If the aftermath of your leak problem is beyond your control, here are unusual cleaning tips and tricks you can apply that actually work.

4. Low Water Pressure

It’s not always easy to pinpoint the cause of trickling showers and sinks. Low-pressure fixtures may be affected by city supply issues, pipe obstructions or poor pipe design.

Calling a plumbing professional in to help pinpoint the source of the problem is your best recourse, as your plumber can also provide the right solution for it.

5. Sewage Odor

If you suddenly smell something resembling rotten eggs around your home, you may have a broken sewer pipe or vent. If you ignore and leave it as is, a broken pipe or vent can wreak havoc on your home’s foundation, and result in environmental issues.

6. Water Temperature Fluctuations

The proper temperature of a water heater should sit between 125 and 140⁰F, depending on your preferences. If your heater is not producing adequate heat to reach 125⁰F, it can become a drain for harmful bacteria. And if the temperature changes while you’re in the shower, this can mean serious risks for burns.

Whatever the reason for your water heater’s failure, you need to call a plumber to handle the job. Water heaters function using gas and electrical systems. A plumber can evaluate the problem and determine whether there’s a need for replacement or repair.

7. Burst Pipes

Burst pipes are a common problem during the winter when frozen water expands and causes pipes to break. This problem can also cause major flooding in your home so you incur huge costs in terms of water damage. Much worse, affected pipes can be hard to locate on your own.

Damage can occur anywhere. However, a plumber can pinpoint the source of a leak and start the water abatement process instantly. He will also suggest repairs needed in case your home has damaged walls, foundation or flooring.

No matter what kind of plumbing problem you’re dealing with today, you’ll need an expert plumber to diagnose and fix the issue. Even if it’s in the middle of the night, a professional plumber will work 24/7 to help you solve your plumbing problem.

Take note of the things you should know about your plumber to understand more about their line of work. So don’t feel bad for calling late in the night in case of a plumbing emergency. Remember, attempting to fix plumbing problems on your own will only lead to more issues and expensive repairs.

By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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