The average plumber makes $25 per hour. But, depending on whom he or she is working for, and how much overhead they have, they may charge you a lot more to work on your pipes.
That's why many people try to take on projects on their own when they really should call a plumber.
In this article, we'll talk about when you should see a plumber, and when to go it a go at trying to solve the problem at home.
Read on for more.
A Word of Caution About Trying It Yourself Before Calling a Plumber
Because calling a plumber can be incredibly expensive on a small budget, you may be tempted to try to fix the clog yourself. In some cases, this is okay, and you'll save yourself a good amount of money.
Before calling a plumber, you can try and remedy a clogged sink or slow draining shower. You can pour drain unclogger in it, or use more home remedies that can work on these common household issues. If your toilet is clogged, you can try and use a plunger.
If neither of these remedies works, don't keep attempting to do them until something gives. This can create more problems than you intended and could end up running up a plumbing bill higher than the one you would have originally had.
Read on for some scenarios for when to call a plumber, besides being unable to unclog the drain or toilet yourself.
1. Your Pipes are Leaking
Leaky pipes can cause big problems in the long run. Instead of trying to fix the leaking pipe yourself, you should call a plumber to patch it up, or replace the pipe altogether.
If you don't fix a leaky pipe, it can cause serious mold growth and other unpleasant issues.
2. You've Got Low Water Pressure
No one likes to take a shower with drips and drabs. But, this could be a sign of a more serious issue. If there's a clog in the pipes, it could prevent water from flowing as it should. If the clog goes untreated for long enough, it could cause the pipes to burst, which would create an even bigger mess.
So, if your sink or shower isn't giving you the pressure you think it should contact a plumber immediately.
Do you have a small flood somewhere in your home, even though it hasn't rained for weeks or months? If so, this could indicate a problem with your pipes.
Flooding can cause more issues, such as damage to your property or business. It can also cause mold and other problems and could lead you to have to rip up the carpet or re-lay the floor. This can be costly, not to mention time-consuming.
The moment you notice there's a flood in your home, you should contact an emergency plumber. The issue needs to be resolved right away.
4. Discolored or Smelly Water
Is your water suddenly a weird color? Does it smell bad? If so, there's likely a problem with the plumbing in the house that's making that happen.
If you notice that your water doesn't smell the way it should, don't drink it, bathe in it or cook with it. Instead, call a plumber and stay away from it.
In some cases, the water itself isn't dangerous to consume or be near, but you don't want to take a chance. Call a plumber and get it sorted as soon as you're able to avoid a drama later.
5. Foul Odor
Does your kitchen suddenly smell awful? What about your bathroom? If that's the case, then it's probably a problem with your sewage system. Call a plumber to help determine the root of the cause, and to have him or her come and fix the issue.
6. Random Wet Patches or Foul Odors in Your Yard
If you have random wet patches in your yard, or some parts of your grass are greener than others, it's a sign that there's like some type of damage to your pipes or system. Don't ignore these random wet patches, at it could lead to a serious problem, or a higher bill, later.
You may also notice sewage or a terrible smell emanating from your yard. This can also be a sign that there is a problem with your drainage system. Sometimes, sewage can get backed up and congregate in the yard, which causes horrible smells. It can also cause some pretty disgusting sights, such as human waste, tampons or diapers in the yard.
In this case, you'll definitely need a plumber.
7. Random Water Collecting Around Fixtures
While we've already been over floods, what happens if you happen to have water randomly pooling around different fixtures in your kitchen or bathroom? If you have issues with water appearing around your toilet or shower, this is indicative of a problem that needs a plumber's attention.
Calling a Plumber
When looking for a plumber, make sure you use one with a good reputation, and who is insured and bonded. Don't just go with someone because they're cheap. The old saying, "You get what you pay for," can often prove true more often than you realize.
Calling a plumber before things get serious is imperative, as you want to ensure that you don't create a bigger problem.
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