Many homeowners don’t think about their plumbing system until an issue comes up. When plumbing problems do arise, it’s tempting to attempt to fix the problem yourself rather than paying a plumber, but when faced with serious plumbing emergencies, it’s unadvisable to attempt repairs yourself. Here are three warning signs that you may need to get help from a professional plumber.
Running Water Sounds When No Appliances Are in Use
If you hear water running through your pipes when no water is in use, there’s a good chance that your pipes have a leak. If you hear these sounds, check for unexplained wet spots on your walls, ceilings and floors. If you determine that a leak is likely, call a plumber right away, as attempting repairs yourself means you risk causing more permanent damage to your plumbing.
A slight decrease in the drainage speed of your plumbing systems may not seem like a serious issue, but even minor clogs can run up your water bill and cause permanent drain damage if left unrepaired. If one of your drains begins to drain water more slowly, it’s best to contact a professional rather than attempting repairs on your own. A licensed plumber will have the equipment to make unclogging your drain a breeze, including video cameras to inspect the drain and hydro/pressure jets to clear blockages.
If you know or suspect that you have frozen pipes in the winter, it’s important that you call a plumber right away. Common signs of frozen pipes include clanking sounds when you turn faucets on, faucets or showerheads that no longer run water, and visible frost on the exterior of exposed pipes. Calling a professional in the event of frozen pipes is necessary because attempting to thaw the pipes yourself can lead to cracks in your pipes or the worst-case scenario of a burst pipe, which often requires thousands of dollars to repair.
If you notice any of these warning signs, it’s time for you to call a plumber and let them use their equipment and expertise to fix the problem. It’s also wise to call a licensed plumber like those at Moody Plumbing Inc. anytime you have an undiagnosed plumbing problem, or when an issue arises that you aren’t sure how to handle on your own. Rather than risking causing more lasting damage to your plumbing, let a professional handle any plumbing emergency.