When it comes to the maintenance and repair of home water systems, there's no one more qualified than a plumber. Plumbers have dedicated years of their lives to understanding the ins and outs of various plumbing entities. As such, when a plumbing problem arises, they know how to fix it, either by repiping a house, or cleaning a drain, or otherwise.
Is your plumbing system acting funny? Wondering whether it's in need of repair? Here are 7 signs that it is.
1. You're Repiping a House
The clearest sign that you're in need of a plumber is that you're repiping your house (because your pipes are corroded, or leaking, or otherwise). While this project could conceivably be handled by a (highly talented) DIYer, it's far too complex a task for most homeowners to complete on their own.
Plumbers are well-versed in the installation and implementation of new water pipes. Not only will they design your plumbing system so that it's efficient as possible, but they'll also ensure that it's implemented in a leak-proof manner.
There are tons of tools and resources needed to facilitate a repiping. If you choose to gather these tools and resources yourself, you'll end up spending thousands of dollars on them. These expenses, combined with the expenses incurred by installation mistakes, will cost you substantial amounts of money.
In most cases, it's cheaper to just hire a plumber. He or she will have the tools and resources necessary and will only charge for the cost of labor (and the pipes themselves, of course).
2. Your Drains Are Clogged
One of the most common plumbing problems is clogged drains. Drains can become clogged by a number of entities, including but not limited to hair, food, toothbrushes, and silverware.
While some of these clogs can be removed easily (with the use of liquid drain cleaner or plastic snaking devices), many of them can't. It's the latter of these clogs that call for the assistance of a professional plumber.
Professional plumbers can remove difficult clogs in a number of ways. If they're dealing with septic clogs, they might make use of hydro jets. If they're dealing with kitchen sink clogs, they'll likely disassemble the adjoining pipes and remove the clogging entities manually.
Regardless, if you're dealing with a clog that you can't remove yourself, you need to call up your local plumber.
3. Your Plumbing System Is Experiencing a Leak
Another sign that you require the services of a plumber is that your plumbing system is experiencing a leak. This is true whether the leak is big or small. While the leak may seem small now, it could easily grow bigger over time, leading to mold growth, musty smells, unforeseen water damage.
Though some leaks can be patched by plumbing tape, plumbing tape alone is not a long-term solution. It should only be used as a placeholder until an experienced plumber can get in to fix the problem permanently.
4. Your Water Pressure is Low
Does your water come out of faucets and spigots with exceedingly low pressure? If so, you should call up a plumber straight away. He or she will be able to identify the source of the problem quickly, and then take measures to fix it.
Low water pressure can be caused by a number of factors, including mineral buildup within pipes, pipe leakage, and low source pressure, to name just a few. Each of these problems requires a different fix. However, a plumber can facilitate all of them.
5. Your Pipes are Knocking
Do your pipes make knocking noises from time to time? If so, they're vulnerable to leaking and need to be assessed by a professional plumber.
Pipe knocking occurs for a variety of reasons. In some cases, loose valves or support straps are the culprits. In other cases, high water pressure is to blame.
Regardless of the reason for the "knocking", it's likely causing your pipes to shift. Over time, this shifting can result in punctures or cracks, thus resulting in leakage. So, if you hear knocking, you should have it checked out sooner rather than later.
6. Your Water is Discolored
Does your water come out of faucets with a brownish, yellowish, reddish, bluish, or greenish tint? If so, it's being contaminated by something and needs to be assessed by a professional plumber.
Whereas brown, yellow, or red water is indicative of rust or iron in water, green or blue water is indicative of pipes corroding. While neither of these problems is particularly dangerous, they do have an effect on the water's taste, consistency, and functionality. As such, they need to be corrected.
Your plumber will correct these problems either by installing an iron filter or by replacing your pipes. Unfortunately, if a total repiping is needed, you'll have to spend thousands of dollars.
7. Your Faucets are Dripping
You've likely encountered a dripping faucet a time or two. In most cases, you've probably let it go.
However, did you know that a dripping faucet can waste over 3,000 gallons of water in a year? That's the equivalent of approximately 180 showers.
As such, if you're dealing with a dripping faucet, you should consider having it fixed. While you'll have to pay some money to a plumber upfront, you'll end up saving money over time. Not to mention, you won't have to hear that annoying dripping sound anymore.
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Whether you're repiping a house, patching a water line, cleaning a drain or otherwise, you would be best served by calling up a professional plumber. Plumbers are well-versed in the repair and maintenance of water systems and will have yours working like new in no time.
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