If you’re at all familiar with Pinterest, watch any kind of home improvement show, or know who Chip and Joanna Gaines are, you probably feel you can DIY just about anything.
While this is an admirable accomplishment, when it comes to your home’s plumbing, there are a few things you definitely don’t want to try and fix on your own…
Not to worry! You can still enjoy most projects yourself, but for the plumbing issues, here are 5 telltale signs it’s time to call a professional plumber.
1. You’ve Got Zero Water Pressure
Usually, this problem is caused by some kind of obstruction in your faucet’s aerator.
This may sound like a problem with a simple solution–just stick something up the faucet to loosen the clog–but you could end up doing much more damage than good.
Worst case scenario, you cause an expensive leak that ruins your perfect flooring and you’ll just end up calling a plumber to fix two things…
Be smart. Phone a plumber from the get-go and start showering, filling your water glasses, and rinsing your dishes off faster.
2. Toilet Water is Bubbling
If a drain becomes clogged and is trying to clear itself, allowing air through, you may find your toilet bubbling up in the effort. This usually happens when you do something else that fills a drain with water like start a shower.
This is a scenario when you want to call a plumber immediately.
In fact, your safest bet to avoid water spilling out of your drain or toilet is to turn off the water off in your home and call a plumber repair service.
3. The Sound of Running Water
If you’re sure no one has a faucet running or is using the bathroom in your home, but you hear the sound of water, call the plumber!
This sound is a likely sign that you have a leak somewhere in your drains.
Before this becomes serious, (and expensive) to fix, you can verify that water is running by checking the meter and then seeing if the reading has gone up an hour after.
Find a professional water leak detection company to take care of the situation well.
4. You Have No Water
If your water has mysteriously turned off (and you’re not behind in your bills), there could be a number of things wrong.
Finding the solution is near impossible on your own, but a plumber can use diagnostic tools and help solve the mystery and the problem in no time.
5. Sudden Spike in Water Bills
No one wants this, but unless you’ve dug your own pool in the backyard, it could be a sign that you have a hidden leak somewhere.
If your water usage has risen unexpectedly, get the plumber over to check for unintended water running, a.k.a. leakage.
Other Instances to Call a Plumber
When all is said and done, there could be many instances when it’s in your best interest to call a professional plumber.
When in doubt, find a reliable one. If you’re looking for other great home hacks or wanting to remodel your bathroom, check out our post on common bathroom installation mistakes done by homeowners, and avoid making them yourself.
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