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Common Signs You Should Call a Plumber

Water use is an integral part of our everyday lives. We use it in sinks, baths, showers, and toilets every single day as a means of self-care, so it is imperative that our plumbing is in working, sufficient order.

However, your home’s plumbing is typically one of those things you hardly ever think about until a problem arises. While an average homeowner knows their way around a plunger and a bottle of drain cleaner, there are some problems that those items cannot fix.

That is why it is critical to know the warning signs of certain issues before they become costly repairs. If something goes wrong with your plumbing or water supply, a plumber can speedily resolve the problem.

The following are common signs when you need to call a plumber:

  • Low water pressure – If your toilet takes its time flushing or your shower water doesn’t come as forcefully as it should, you may have a water pressure problem. Low water pressure can be caused by clogs, leaks, or even incorrectly sized pipes. No matter the cause, this annoying issue can be easily resolved by a professional plumber.
  • Leaky pipes – Speaking of leaks, pipes that keep dripping can eventually break or burst. Gushing leaks and broken pipes are plumbing issues that no homeowner wants to experience, so small leaks should be fixed before they become something worse.
  • Pipe knocking (or “water hammer”) – If you hear knocking in your pipes when you’re showering or when the sink is running, the noise may be caused loose valves in the pipe system, loose support straps, and water pressure over 60 PSI. These factors can cause your pipes to jerk and shift in place. A leak may spring or the pipes may bend by breaking free of their mountings if the issue is left unrepaired.
  • Slow draining – If you notice your bathroom and kitchen sinks are taking a little bit longer than usual to drain, it is probably wise to contact a plumber to determine the source of the clog. Trying too hard to release the clog can result in more pipe damage.
  • Frozen pipes – If your pipes are frozen in the dead of winter, call a plumber immediately. Telltale signs include your water no longer running, strange clanking sounds when you turn on the tap, smells of sewage coming from the faucet, or visible frost or moisture on exposed pipes. Do not attempt to thaw the pipes on your own since it can lead to cracks or, ultimately, a full burst.
  • Colored water – When you turn on your water, the water should be clear. If it comes out any other color, you have a problem. Brown, red, or yellow water means that there is rust in your pipes, typically caused by water main breaks in your area or due to old piping. White or cloudy water means that there is air in your pipes. Green water means that the copper plumbing has corroded, while blue water means that the corrosion is nearly complete. If any of these colors are apparent rather than clear water, there is a significant problem that could be harmful, so call a plumber right away.

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