When it comes to household repairs, many individuals take on the do-it-yourself attitude. This a great for small jobs as it allows you a sense of accomplishment and pride when you are finished. However, it’s important to know when it’s time to call in the professionals. Let’s look at the top signs that you should be contacting your local plumber instead of trying to fix it yourself.
No Hot Water
Unless you just took an hour-long shower, you should still have hot water coming out of your spigot. If you don’t, it could be a sign of something more drastic. A skilled plumber can come to your home and assess the situation. They will look over the fuses, igniters, thermostats, pipes, heating elements, and much more.
Water leaks in the tank tend to be a major reason why a pilot light keeps going out. Your plumber will be able to identify the leak and provide a fix. In addition, a skilled plumber from Precision Plumbing Services will be able to advise you on the correct size water heater if yours is not big enough.
Sweating Water Heater
If you notice the ground is damp near your water heater or that it is constantly covered with water beads, it’s a sign there is a potential leak. Calling in an expert can help you to identify any small cracks in the casing or the pipes that are leaking water. You should contact an expert as soon as you notice this problem because, if left untreated, the small crack will turn into a big leak.
Small cracks are just one of many signs that your water heater is having issues. Also, keep an eye out for rust and corrosion on the water heater or the pipes connected to it. In addition, if you notice a large pool of water in the drip pan you should contact your plumber right away.
Low Water Pressure
If you wake up to low water pressure, your first step should be to contact your neighbors. This will help you to discover if the pressure issue is a grid-wide event or if the problem is only with your home. In the event the problem is just with your home, it’s time to contact your local plumber.
Low water pressure through a home is typically the result of leaky pipes that have gotten worse. Every time you run a faucet that is connected to a leaky pipe, you further damage the pipe. Over time this will lead to bigger cracks in the pipes. Sometimes these pipes are not always visible from your home, as is the case with pipes under the foundation. Since you don’t see the leak you don’t realize there is a problem until it becomes too late. This is a major reason it’s important to call out the plumber annually to assess all your pipes and fixtures to check for the slightest leak.
Calling a plumber is something that should be done when any of the above situation happens at your home. There’s no reason to try and fix the problem yourself as it’s likely the problem will get worse while you put off calling the plumber. Realize that plumbers are trained experts in their field and when major situations happen, such as the ones above, it’s best to let them perform their job.