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Signs It’s Time to Call a Professional Plumber

Posted by PlumbWize

Thanks to the explosion of accessible information online, many homeowners are empowered to take on numerous DIY projects and repairs for their homes – like patching the roof, sealing small toilet tank leaks, building a shed, basic landscaping, and so on.

Through DIY, homeowners get to learn new skills and even save money. However, for most plumbing problems, faulty repairs can lead to further damage and costs down the line. And though there is definitely some experience or knowledge to pick up in such situations, it could end up being a really costly lesson. This is why contacting a plumber can be the best course of action.

As an added note, if you are experiencing a rapidly progressing plumbing problem right now, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our plumbing emergency experts who are available round the clock, ready to respond.

We’ve put together this article with the safety of all homeowners in mind. Here are the signs that it’s best to contact a plumber for the problem at hand. Let’s get started!

A homeowner cleaning up the puddle from a pipe leakage

1. When You Have a Major Problem With Your Toilet

If you are experiencing problems like a toilet that is constantly running, puddles forming at the base of the toilet, constant clogging, or a wobbling toilet, it would be best to contact a plumber to deal with the problem. 

Toilet problems can be linked to damaged individual parts or could mean that the whole toilet would need to be replaced. Whatever the problem/s are, it can be unsafe and costly to your water bill to allow your toilet to operate unfixed. 

DIY can lead to misdiagnosis and overlooked problems that can be more costly in the long run. On the other hand, an expert plumber will be able to get to the core of the matter and proceed with needed repairs, leaving you with a functional toilet that will stay functional for a longer time.

2. When You’re Not Getting Water in The House

There could be a number of reasons why you’re not getting water in the house. A great first step would be to check if your neighbours have any water. If they are experiencing the same problem, the problem could be more systemic than localized. 

But if your house is the only one that’s not getting any water, the problem is most likely in your plumbing system. An expert plumber can quickly troubleshoot the issue whether it’s because of frozen pipes, major leaks, backups, or problems with the mainline in the water supply system.  

3. When You Have Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure is another red flag for an underlying problem with your plumbing system. Typically, this is because of a leak or a cracked pipe. Not only will this lead to major water damage if left alone, but it can also waste gallons and gallons of water that can lead to outrageous water bills – and speaking of which, that is the next sign to look for on this list. 

4. When You Have Outrageous Water Bills

If you’ve been living in your home for some time, it’s likely you already have a ballpark figure for your monthly water bill. If you notice a spike in your water bill without any significant changes to your water usage, it can be a sign of a plumbing problem. 

Basically, this means water is going where it shouldn’t be. This can be in the form of a leaking or burst pipe, a running toilet, leaking bathroom fixtures, and the like. Calling in an expert plumber can help you get to the problem/s and save you plenty on your future water bills.

Homeowner is shocked because of a high water bill

5. When You Notice Dampness in the Walls or Puddles 

Perhaps you notice damp and/or stained walls or ceilings. Maybe you notice puddles collecting where they shouldn’t be. This is a major red flag that there is a problem with your pipes. 

Pay closer attention still if you have Kitec plumbing in your home – as this kind of plumbing system is a ticking timebomb for leaks and pipe bursts. But of course, it can happen to any home as well whether it’s because of wear and tear, blunt impact, or because of past faulty installation/repair. 

6. When You Get Troublesome Clogs in Your Drains

Clogs are a common plumbing issue and can be a minor one in most cases. But persistent clogs are best left to the experts. Start by testing if the clog can be dislodged by a plunger. If that works, it’s most likely something that you don’t need to worry about. But if that doesn’t do the trick, please don’t resort to pouring drain cleaners as this can lead to damage on any kind of pipe. 

Expert plumbers would be equipped with the right tools to deal with all kinds of drain clogs. Moreover, if your toilet is constantly getting clogged, it could be a sign that you need to replace your toilet – an expert plumber will help you assess this. 

7. When Faucets or Showerheads Won’t Stop Dripping

Many homeowners don’t think much of dripping showers or faucets. But consider this: if your shower or any similar fixture is dripping about 10 times a minute, you’re paying for an extra 500 gallons of water each year. 

A steady drip can be caused by a crack in the pipe or an incorrectly installed fixture or element. Getting an expert to look at this problem will definitely save you money in the long run.  

8. When Your Water Heater Is Sweating

If your water heater is sweating, this can be a sign of a slow but steady leak. Another sign to look for is the ground near the water heater can also be damp. These small cracks will eventually progress into bigger issues. 

Calling in an expert plumber immediately will help you to fix it before it gets worse, saving you money by avoiding costlier repairs. Other red flags to look for include rusty spots and corrosion. 

9. When There’s a Smell of Sewage In Your House

When there’s a smell of sewage in your house, it’s not only unbearable, but it can also be a major health risk. This immediately signals a deeper plumbing problem and deserves immediate attention from a plumbing expert. 

Some of the major causes behind the sewage-smell problem include clogged drainpipes, backups in the sewage system due to damage, and more. Contact a plumber immediately. 

Where Can I Get Expert Help?

Our expert plumbers here at PlumbWize can get the repair done right in the quickest amount of time possible. If you are experiencing any of the above signs of major plumbing problems or possibly a plumbing emergency, our experts are only a call away. We service areas around Burlington, Oakville, and Hamilton. 

We offer comprehensive plumbing services including Kitec replacement services, residential plumbing services, commercial plumbing services, frozen & burst pipes repair services, and more. So whatever plumbing problem you are faced with, we got you covered. Contact us today!


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