When you own your own home for a while, the temptation’s there to always try and fix problems yourself. Whatever the problem might be, it can start to feel like it’s your responsibility to always fix it. However, some problems are too risky to try to fix on your own. When the stakes are serious damage to your home or family, it isn’t time to play around. Here are a few signs that it’s time to call a professional plumber before something really bad happens.
There’s No Hot Water
A lot of handy people will tell you that when your water won’t get hot, it’s time to swap out the pilot light in your home. However, there could be a lot more going on than you realize. Trying to fix a heating element of your home could lead to serious burns. When the problem is bigger than a pilot light, it’s time to call in the professionals to get the job done right.
Your Drains Aren’t Working
One of the most obvious signs to call a professional plumber is when your drains aren’t working properly. If they just won’t go down or, even worse, something starts to come back up, you don’t want to wait too long to get it fixed. Trying to fix this issue with drain cleaning fluid may not perfectly fix the issue; it can actually harm your pipes in the long run.
The Water Pressure is Low
When you’re taking a shower or washing your hands, check to see how good the water pressure is. If you notice a big change in pressure one day, it could indicate a serious problem with your piping. The most common problem could be that you’ve sprung a leak somewhere. You could also have a burst or damaged pipe. These issues need to be dealt with by a professional who knows what they’re doing.
Your Faucets Keep Dripping
We’ve probably all tried to tighten up our faucets to better dispense water or fix dripping. What you need to watch out for is if the dripping persists for a long time. This can be another indicator your pipes are leaking. Even worse, it could mean there’s a significant clog in your pipes. When this problem goes on for too long without a fix, you need to call in a professional to check your water line.
Your House Smells Like Sewage
Unfortunately, there’s no wiggle room with this problem. When you start to smell a sewage scent coming from somewhere in your house, the professionals should be called right away. This smell means there could be a large blockage in your pipes that could regurgitate unsanitary water back into your house. Don’t try to live with this problem; it can be fixed quickly if you call the right people.