Most people take their plumbing for granted until something goes wrong. When that happens, your local plumber can quickly become your favorite person. If you’re experiencing any of the following problems, you may want to pick up the phone and give them a call.
1. You Don’t Have Hot Water
Not having hot water can be a terrible surprise when you jump into the shower. It can also prevent you from being able to wash clothes or do dishes. In some instances, this fix is as simple as having your plumber re-light your pilot light. However, it can also mean that your water heater either isn’t large enough to supply all the water you need or it has a fault. Your local plumber can help identify what is causing your hot water to go out, saving you from running out when you need it most.
2. Your Water Pressure Is Low
If your water pressure is low, your local plumber should be called in to take a look at your plumbing. If this is happening in your bathroom, the culprit could be a clog. However, if an aerator doesn’t solve this issue and the low pressure is in multiple sinks, you could be looking at a cracked pipe somewhere in your home.
If this is the problem, it’s important that you get it fixed as soon as possible, as a cracked pipe can quickly turn into an expensive problem if left alone too long.
3. Your Faucets Are Leaking
Leaky faucets can be annoying, but they can also cost you a lot of money, wasting up to 500 gallons of water every year. While this is often an easy fix, and in some instances, you may be able to DIY the problem, it could also stem from deeper issues. A dripping faucet can also signify a cracked pipe, especially if it’s coupled with low water pressure.
Even if the problem is simple, it may be best to call your local plumber just to be sure that there aren’t any underlying problems that could make things worse in the future.
4. You Have Backed Up Toilets
Clogged and backed up toilets always seem to occur at the worst times and they are one of the worst to have to deal with on your own.
Sometimes these issues are simply due to a blockage, especially if you have kids who like flushing objects down the toilet to see what will happen. However, toilets that frequently back up or clog could be a sign of a larger problem.
If your toilet is backed up or overflowing, the first thing you should do is turn off the water, usually with the shut-off knob near the back of the toilet. Once the water is off, call your local plumber and try to get them to come out as soon as possible.
In the event of a clog, it should be easy enough for the plumber to clear it. However, if the toilet was backing up on its own, the problem might lie further down in either the sewer line or the main drainpipe.
If your home has its own septic tank, you might also experience these problems if your tank is full. This can lead to nasty and foul-smelling messes if not taken care of quickly.
5. You’re Smelling Sewage
If you’re smelling sewage anywhere in your home, don’t write it off and try to power through it. Not only does it smell terrible, but it could signify a larger problem that could potentially expose you to sewage and wastewater.
This problem could be caused by drainpipes that aren’t ventilated correctly, or by a clog that is causing a backup.
You may want to walk around your property or inspect your basement to see if you notice any drainage points or places where water has backed up from your system. Septic tank systems, if overfilled, can sometimes cause backups in your yard if the problem has been allowed to fester.
Whatever the cause, a plumber will be needed to help take care of the problem and ensure that it doesn’t get any worse.
Don’t DIY, Call a Pro
If you are experiencing any of these problems, don’t wait until the problem gets worse. The sooner you contact your plumber and get your issue fixed, the sooner you can resume using your plumbing without worry.
You should also take care not to try and fix these problems yourself, as many of them can have more significant underlying causes. By trying to fix the issue yourself, you could risk allowing the problem to get worse — and more expensive. Call on Beach Plumbing when the time comes!