When Do You Need a Plumber?
When Do You Need a Plumber?
Whether you live in a new or older home, if you don’t take care of your home plumbing system, major leaks can suddenly appear that could lead to thousands of dollars in damage. However, you can help prevent a plumbing disaster by following some of these signs:
Ongoing leaks, drips or reduced water flow:
A persistent drip from a faucet or fixture may indicate that it needs replacing/fixing.
If faucets suddenly don’t deliver the usual pressure or force you need, you could have a clogged aerator.
If the water pressure in your shower has lowered, the shower head may be clogged and coated with film. If you’re handy, with a simple adjustment you can replace a washer, or remove and clean the aerator or filter. However, it’s often best to call a to take care of any plumbing issues to prevent any unforeseen problems.
Staining and deposit build-up that you cannot see:
Water type and quality vary depending on trace minerals and additives. Staining or a white, green or brown powder or crusty build-up on fixtures and faucets may show that the same build-up is affecting water flow in your pipes.
If you notice any of these challenges, or if your metal faucets become pitted, it’s smart to have a professional check the plumbing systems in your home that you cannot see. Installing either a whole-house purification system or some “point of use” filters may help prevent these problems.
Rattling outdoor hose bibs:
Most buildings have at least one outdoor water spigot and many have more outdoor hose bibs for landscaping watering. All modern installations are “frost-free,” with controls that eliminate the seasonal draining or winter “wrapping” requirements. Regardless, it is important to disconnect hoses before winter and freezing temperatures.
During landscape watering seasons, check often for drips and loose fittings and have them repaired if required.
Defective hose bibs or pipes that rattle and wiggle could cause leaks inside the walls of your home, which is a serious problem.
If you do notice any of these signs, it may be time to call a plumber.
Pipe and tubing maintenance or replacement:
Depending on the age of your home, water lines might be made with copper or plastic and pipes from cast iron, galvanized steel or PVC. For the most part, these materials are durable but fittings can become defective, pipes can deteriorate, and outside influences can cause problems.
Even a minor nick caused by a nail during any home construction or maintenance work will cause a pipe to burst months or even years later. It could also cause a slow leak which has the potential to be just as devastating over time if not repaired.
Something as simple as crimping an ice maker line accidentally by moving a fridge or performing DIY plumbing maintenance can lead to a delayed water leak when you least expect it.
Do you have a main shutoff valve?:
If you don’t have one inside your home, consider installing one and be sure that everyone who lives at home knows where it is and how it works.
By knowing how to shut your water off fast, you can prevent major home damage in case of an emergency and potentially expensive costs