Even the most adventurous DIY master can stop in their tracks when a plumbing issue arises. But how do you know the difference between a quick plunger fix and a problem that needs professional attention? To help you figure out when to drop the pipe wrench and call a plumber, we made this list of warning signs you should be aware of when you notice something wrong.
An unstoppable running toilet
There are several ways you can find out why your toilet is running, and sometimes it could be as simple as a loose toilet flapper. However, if you’re left scratching your head, it’s a waste of money (and sanity) to ignore the issue. Your toilet’s seal may be compromised, leading its tank to continuously fill up.
Lack of hot water
Ever stand around the shower waiting for that hot water that never comes? You could have an issue with your water heater. Unfortunately, your water heater and its overall system is very complex. They either use gas or electricity, which means fixing it is best left to professionals — if anything, for safety reasons.
Minimal or no flow from the tap
When you turn your faucet, and the only thing that comes out is a trickle, this could be a serious problem. Unfortunately, this is an issue that could have several reasons behind it, from a block to a full-blown broken pipe. Regardless of what it may be, this could lead to more damage to your property. However, a plumber can diagnose this issue and solve it fast.
If you flush your toilet and the bathroom drain starts to gurgle, you may have a severe blockage in your pipes. Basically, there may be a significant blockage deep in your drain pipes that is trapping air, and the noise is air bubbles that kick back up as the water struggles to make its way out. If ignored, this can lead to a water backup, which can damage your home. A plumber has equipment that can solve this issue and get your drains working correctly.
This issue really only applies to those in colder-climate homes, but if your pipes freeze, immediately call a professional. Some signs include frost on the tap, a clanking noise in your pipes or drainage issues during cold weather. The problem with trying to defrost your own pipes is that you may crack or damage them, so always contact a plumber if this is happening to you.
A sewage smell
When you smell raw sewage anywhere in your home, you could have a broken sewage pipe. If left unchecked, this can seriously harm your property and even be an environmental issue. Make sure to call a plumber as soon as you can to solve this problem, because this could be far more complex than you expect.
Remember, if you find yourself “underwater” with your plumbing problems, it’s sometimes best to call a professional.