Everyone wants to save a little money and try to first DIY their way out of a plumbing issue. Sometimes though, plumbing repairs are best left to the expertise of a licensed plumbing professional. Here are 5 warning signs your home or commercial property is in need of a plumbing repair that requires a professional plumber. Before your small plumbing repair becomes a big plumbing repair in Melbourne, Florida consider these 5 signs to call a pro.
Low Water Pressure
While your low water pressure could be the result of mineral build-up in your shower head or faucet, it could also be the result of a more serious issue. After you have cleaned and removed any visible sediment build-up if you still have low-pressure issues, it’s time to call the plumbing pros!
The most common causes of low water pressure are deep clogs in a pipe, leaks from a pipe or drain, or incorrectly sized pipes. This last cause often occurs in older homes and may require repiping. No matter the cause, low water pressure is a plumbing repair issue that a professional plumber can easily solve.
A slow drain is usually a clogged drain. There are many chemical drain cleaners on the market, but often they do more damage than good by causing pipe corrosion which damages the pipe and costs more to fix than just a basic drain cleaning. Here are some ways to prevent clogged drains.
If you are insistent on trying to clear a clogged drain yourself first, we recommend to simply pour one cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by one cup of table salt, and then pour a cup of white vinegar. Wait ten minutes and then flush it with boiling water. If your drain is still slow, the easiest way to fix it is by calling a plumbing repair professional.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a drip per second on one faucet wastes as much as 3,000 gallons of clean water each year. American’s waste 1 trillion gallons of water each year, which makes dripping faucets bad for our environment as well as an extra unnecessary expense on your water bill.
Dripping faucets are commonly caused by worn-out and cracked interior parts of the faucet, such as o-rings and rubber washers. Don’t pull out the wrenches and start taking apart the faucet yet. You may find yourself with a much larger, wet, plumbing repair if things go wrong — which they tend to do if you aren’t a trained plumber.
Huge leaks are a major source of water damage. If you end up with water soaking through a bathroom or kitchen furniture and floors from a hapless DIY repair, it can mean much more expensive repairs. Don’t let that small dripping leak turn into something bigger; call the professional plumbers first.
Gurgling Water Sounds, Visible Pooling Water, and/or Smelly Odors
The sound of water or gurgling water sounds in your pipes when no one using water is a sign you have a leak. This, along with visible water pooling around your toilet or tub, and smelly sewer odors leads to a lot of headaches if not taken care of expertly. Small leaks always lead to larger leaks. Remember, water can get anywhere. Pooling water repairs, especially those with odor are best repaired by professionals.