When your toilet is running nonstop or your basement is flooded with a foot of water, there’s no question that it’s time to call a plumber. And fast. But how about those not-so-clear cut situations? When should you call a plumber — even if the faucet is not leaking?
Before grabbing a wrench or picking up a cell phone, take a look at 5 reasons you may not have considered for calling a professional plumber:
1. Regular maintenance. More often than not, many of us only think to call a plumber in the event of an emergency. However, like with other appliances and fixtures in your home, it’s important to hire a professional to perform maintenance, including cleaning the drains, checking for leaks and making adjustments with your water heater. By scheduling an annual or bi-annual maintenance check, you can help keep emergencies to a minimum.
2. Installing new fixtures. DIY projects are appealing — not only because they can give you the satisfaction of completing a project from beginning to end, but they also can save us on expenses. However, when you’re upgrading your toilets, sinks and plumbing, make sure you’re equipped to handle the job and that you are using the latest energy-efficient options. If you’re not totally confident about your abilities to take on this job, it’s best to call a professional. It could turn out that you’ll save more money in the long run by having them installed correctly.
3. Inspection of aging systems. If you have an older home, you may have water lines or fixtures that are starting to corrode. If you don’t have a professional plumber inspect them and take measures to restore or replace them, you’re at a higher risk of a pipe bursting — which can lead to flooding in your home. Then you could be faced with a potentially damaging situation that goes far beyond your plumbing.
4. Low water pressure. Low water pressure can be a sign that your plumbing is suffering from a buildup of calcium and other minerals, the aerator is wearing down, or you have a clog in the plumbing system. Contact a plumber to determine the source.
5. That toilet clog isn’t budging. You’ve tried using the plunger until your arms are sore, but whatever is backing up your toilet doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. It may be time to call a professional plumber. There could be more serious issues that are related to the sewage line.
Although calling a plumber isn’t likely at the top of your to-do list unless you’re faced with an emergency, regularly scheduling maintenance or calling at the first sign of a problem could prevent the type of problems that could cause more significant damage.