7 Moments when a Plumber knows Best

It’s easy to take plumbing for granted because most of the time it functions as it should without requiring much attention. However, problems do occur periodically with plumbing systems, some of which require immediate help from a licensed plumber, especially if you discover one of these seven situations.

1. While you can perform some maintenance on your water heater, when it’s not performing as it should, it’s time to call a plumber. Any signs of water leaks around the tank typically signify a problem that should be evaluated immediately to avoid a catastrophic breach of the tank.

The sound of water bubbling in the tank indicates there are significant hard water deposits that need to be removed through a complete flush and tank cleaning. Ignoring a water heater in this condition may result in premature water heater failure or worse, excessive pressure building inside the tank.

2. Slow-draining showers, tubs, or washers may be caused by a blockage in the sewer drain line and if not cleared, will only get worse. Plumbing fixtures and appliances that drain a lot of water all at once are the first signs of an issue with the sewer line.

3. If you hear bubbling or gurgling coming from a toilet or sink, even if it’s infrequent, you may have a blocked sewer line or a septic tank that is reaching capacity. Plumbing fixtures that drain slowly may require a plumber to diagnose and fix the underlying cause. The smell of sewer gas may also indicate a sewer problem. Sewer odors contain toxic gases and need immediate attention from a plumber.

4. Plumbing clogs that don’t go away. If you’ve tried snaking and plunging a plumbing fixture to no avail, the blockage may be past your reach. Plumbers use long auger-like snakes to clear the most stubborn clog.

5. All homes have plumbing vent stacks for the plumbing to drain properly. The vent exit through a wall or the roof, and obstructions can form inside, primarily from birds, insects, or leaves. A clogged vent will slow or prevent rapid drainage.

6. Leaks or floods may indicate a broken pipe in the walls, ceiling or slab. Ignoring even a small leak on the floor, ceiling, or wall can result in untold and expensive damage to your home.

7. You’re adding or replacing a gas line. Gas leaks are extremely dangerous and some jurisdictions require that a licensed plumber install or make changes to the lines. Even if yours doesn’t, ensure your safety and peace of mind by having a plumber place or change the line.

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