From showers to washing dishes, it’s impossible to live without water. So, when it stops flowing, what do you do? Unless it’s something simple like the valve being shut off, you need the help of a qualified plumber.
Continue reading to learn four signs that you need a plumber.
#1. Low Water Pressure
When you turn on your shower or sink, there should be a steady stream of water. However, if you have a weak stream or no water at all, then there’s a problem. Before jumping full steam ahead and calling a professional, check to make sure that your sink or shower isn’t backed up. If you’re unable to solve the problem yourself, then you’ll need to call a plumber. For those of you interested, the Drain Rescue website has more information available.
#2. No Hot Water
Every hot water tank has a limit. If you use all of your hot water too soon, it’s going to take some time to heat back up again. But, it’s a different story if you’re just using it for the first time and don’t get any hot water. This could be an issue with the water heater. Either it has a leak or it’s not able to maintain the temperature. Regardless, you’ll need the help of a professional plumbing service.
#3. Your Water isn’t Draining Properly
If you noticed that the water isn’t draining as fast as it used to, you can easily fix it yourself. You can use a pipe snake, a drain-clearing chemical or even boiling water. If any of these aren’t solving the issue, then your plumbing may be the cause. This can mean one of two things; either there’s a broken pipe or there is pooled water that’s not draining properly. Having still water is actually a risk to your health and broken pipes can lead to mold infestation.
#4. There’s Knocking in Your Pipes
It’s normal to hear some noise when you run the water, but if you’re hearing a knocking sound, then there may be an issue. Pipe knocking has many causes ranging from water hammering, which is when there is too much pressure, to loose support straps. These can cause your pipes to rattle and if it’s left unsupervised, it can cause even bigger problems. You might have to deal with a huge leak or the pipes might bend if they’re able to break free from the mountings.
Having problems with the water is something no homeowner wants to go through. In some cases, you may be able to temporarily fix the problem yourself. But, there’s going to be a time where you need the help of a professional. If you’re experiencing any of the above, call your local plumber immediately.