Reasons to Call a Plumber
5 Signs That Let You Know It’s Time To Call A Plumber
It pays to be aware of and learn more about signs and symptoms in your home plumbing system that may lead to future plumbing problems and tons of money for you to repair. These are the top 5 signs to look out for and be aware of to alert you that it’s time to have a plumber check out or repair:
- Know where you shut-off valve is and how to use it
By shutting your water off fast, you can prevent major home damage, saving potentially thousands of dollars. Make sure everyone in your home knows where your shut-off valve is, and how to control it. If you don’t have one, consider having one installed today.
- Persistent leaks, drips and slow water flow
If drips from faucets or fixtures are ongoing, then it’s time to replace or repair them. Faucets or fixtures not providing same pressure or force that you’re used to? It may be a clogged aerator. Has the water pressure in a shower weakened? Film could be clogging or coating shower heads. Even if you’re comfortable attempting these repairs, it’s best to have a professional plumber take care of them to prevent any unforeseen disasters or future problems.
- Rattling outdoor hose bibs or spigots
Hose bibs, or pipes that rattle and wiggle can cause leaks inside the walls of your home, which is a serious problem. Whether you have one or many outdoor hose spigots, all modern installations feature “frost free” controls that eliminate the need for seasonal draining or winter “wrapping.” Make sure to disconnect all hoses before winter and freezing temperatures set in. During spring and summer garden watering seasons, keep an eye out for drips and loose fittings. Have them repaired if required.
- Pipe and tubing age
Depending on when your home was built, water lines may be copper or plastic, water pipes may be cast iron, galvanized steel or PVC and while all of these materials are durable, over time they can become defective, deteriorate from various outside influences that can cause problems. Even a minor nick caused by a nail or crimping an icemaker line accidentally can lead to sudden major leaks when you least expect it or a slow leak with just as much potential to cause major home damage over time.
- Staining and deposit build-up
Water types vary greatly depending on where you live which can lead to a white, green or brown powder or crusty build-up or staining on fixtures and faucets. This can indicate similar build-up in water pipes. If you see notice this, or if metal faucets become pitted, call your plumber to check plumbing systems in your home that you cannot see. Installing either a whole-house purification system, or some “point of use” filters can help prevent staining and build up issues.
Now that you know the 5 signs to look out for, all that’s left to know is the most obvious and important tip of all: find a reliable local plumber before you need one and always have their number somewhere convenient and easy to reach – fast!