Clogged drains, pipe leaks and faulty water heaters are all plumbing issues that can plague homeowners at any time. Plumbing jobs are not usually something that can easily be done by the average homeowner. Here are some signs that you might need to hire a plumber.
1. Low Water Pressure
If you are having issues with your water pressure, it likely means that you either have a leak in your pipes or a clog that is blocking them somewhere down the line. First, try a drain cleaner that you can buy in any local store that sells cleaning supplies. If that doesn’t work, you may have to contact a plumber for clogged drain cleaning. In the case of a clog, a plumber can use a tool known as a sewer snake to clear out the problem. The sewer snake is a machine with a motor and a long tube that looks similar to a vacuum. Using the sewer snake, the plumber should be able unclog whatever debris is blocking your drain. If the problem is a leak, there can be other even more serious damage to your home’s foundation, and there may even be mold. Ideally, you can catch the leak before things become that severe.
2. Discolored Water
Old, rusty pipes can often discolor the water in your home. Obviously this rust is not suitable to drink, and it can also clog up your bathroom or kitchen sink plumbing, causing even more problems. If you’ve noticed any dark or rust-colored discoloration in your water, you’ll likely need to get in touch with a professional to find the source and fix things for you.
3. Loud Pipes
Rattling pipes can be warning signs of deeper issues in your home’s plumbing. If you hear your pipes rattling during use of your water, there could be several issues at hand. Water pressure could be causing trouble in your pipe system, or a valve could be loose somewhere along the way. There could potentially also be a clog in your pipes causing the noise, which can be easiyl fixed with a sewer snake. A plumber will be able to further assess the problem, and recommend what can be done to fix the issue.
4. Not Enough Hot Water
If you are having issues with the hot water in your home, your water heater is likely the issue. Whether your machine needs repair or replacement, you’ll need to contact a local plumbing service for help installing a water heater, as the job isn’t something for the layman. For cleanliness and cooking, hot water is important to have in the home, and a working hot water heater is a must.
5. Dripping or Slow Draining Sinks
If your kitchen or bathroom sink either has a dripping faucet or drains too slowly, a plumber will be able to help you figure out the cause of the issue and fix it. These everyday issues can become major inconveniences over time, and a plumber can take care of it.
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