The Ultimate Guide On When To Call A Plumber

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You are trying to find your pipe wrench with a bucket in one hand and standing in ankle-deep water. This isn’t the best time to start Googling “emergency plumbing services” or “emergency plumber in Indianapolis”. There will be certain plumbing situations when you will need a team of plumbing professionals you can trust that is available 24-7. In this article, we look at some of the situations that require putting down the plunger and calling a professional plumber.

  • Clogged Sink

A sink can get clogged due to a build-up of food waste, hair, plastic, or metal debris that has fallen into the sink. You can purchase caustic chemicals and drain snakes from your local hardware store to help you clean the pipes. It is recommended to call an expert plumber if your sink has been clogged for a long time. There is a possibility that there could be damage to your pipes and using a plunger will only exacerbate the entire situation. 

One easy way to clear a clogged sink is to pour a can of soda in the sink overnight. Don’t use the sink until morning. If that still doesn’t clear the sink then call a professional plumber if you notice that the sink water is still slow to drain. You can potentially damage the plumbing by trying to clear a clogged sink by yourself. 

  • Clogged Toilet

A toilet can get clogged by wet wipes, children’s toys, and any other foreign objects that get thrown inside the toilet. You might be trying to flush something down the toilet that could become a huge problem for your plumbing. The problem is that a clogged toilet can become the reason for so many other plumbing problems within the same bathroom. The clogged toilet can snowball into a huge problem with the sewage and drain pipes. 

Consider calling a plumber because a clogged toilet is often an indication that there might be a problem with your sewage line. Trying to use a plunger to unclog a clogged toilet can cause more damage to the sewage line. A professional plumber will identify the exact reason why your toilet is getting clogged and help you resolve the issue. The plumber will also be able to identify if your sewage line also needs to be drained. 

  • Leaks In The Laundry Room

Believe it or not, the laundry room is one of the places in the house that has the most pipes and intricate plumbing requirements. You need to have hot water for the clothes washer, cold water for the rinsing process, and maybe even room for a steam iron. The pipes leading to and from the washing machine can easily get corroded over time. The worn-out pipes can become the reason for annoying persistent leaks in the laundry room. 

You can easily manage to identify the location of the leak in the laundry room. But do you know which hardware to install to prevent it from recurring? In most cases, the leak will have multiple negative effects on some of the other appliances within the laundry room. A professional plumber knows which equipment to use to prevent a leak from occurring again and determine if the leak caused more damage than is apparent.  

  • Burst Pipes

Facing a burst pipe at home is a difficult situation for all of the residents because there might be a lack of water supply in another location. The burst pipe immediately becomes a plumbing emergency because there is water coming out from every direction. Your pipes can burst if there is a significant increase in water pressure in the water pipes. This often occurs in the winter when some of the outdoor pipes become frozen. 

The water pressure in the pipe will constantly rise if a part of the pipe is frozen outside of the house. There is enough pressure inside the pipe that it is vulnerable to burst from a location that is already slightly damaged. A professional plumber can identify the extensive damage caused by a burst pipe and help you repair all of the plumbing. You might damage tools that are not waterproof by trying to fix the problem yourself. 

  • Leaks In The Main Supply Or Drain Pipe

There can be a pinhole leak or giant gusher leaks that can occur in your drain pipe or main water supply line. The leak can cause damage to other appliances and furnishing but that is not the actual inconvenience. The main problem is not being able to find the exact source of the leak. The leak might not be a huge rush of water but if left undetected it can cause consequential damage. 

A leak in the main water supply or drain pipe is always a clear indication that there are underlying plumbing problems. The main water supply line is built to withstand extreme pressure and weather conditions and a leak in it means that something is wrong. The problem with dealing with a leak in the main water supply is that it can be very difficult to find the root cause of the leak. There is a tendency for the leak to pop up again in a few days if you do not fix the root cause of the leak.

  • Sump Pumps

Water getting clogged up in the basement is one of the most common issues that distress a majority of homeowners. Water getting clogged up in the basement is extremely common for people living in a geographical location where heavy storms occur very often. A heavy storm is also one of the most likely times when your power can get disconnected. This means that your sump pump will not work in a heavy storm unless it has an independent power supply. 

High-tech sump pumps have many different features and being waterproof might not always be one of them. The following are just some of the problems you can face with your sump pump during a storm: 

  • Clogged intake
  • Clogged discharge line
  • Frozen discharge line
  • Improperly performing pumps
  • Faulty float switch

A professional plumber knows how to identify the problem with specific sump pumps and can repair the problem both quickly and efficiently. 

  • Water Heater Repairs

It can be extremely irritating when you wake up after a cold night and can’t get any hot water in the bathroom in the morning. You don’t realize the importance of hot water until you don’t have that blessing anymore. Always stay on the lookout for whistling noises coming from the water heater, rust-colored water, water leakage around the water heater, or hot water not coming out with enough pressure. All of these are indications that one of the components of your water heater is not functioning the way it should. 

Certain plumbers are especially experienced in dealing with problems with water heaters. The electrician can help you fix a problem with the circuit for a water heater. The plumber will be able to identify problems with the equipment installed in your water heater.

About Author

LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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