other reasons to call a plumber

We all know when we need to call a plumber – the toilet is running nonstop; your basement has a foot of water in it; a drain is completely clogged. Those are the crisis calls.

But did you realize there are other times it’s a good idea to call a plumber – even when the faucet is not leaking?


Here are 5 times to consider calling a plumber.

  1. Maintenance. Most of us think to call a plumber only when there’s an emergency. However, as with other appliances and fixtures in your home, it’s important to hire a professional to perform maintenance, which includes cleaning the drains, checking for leaks and making adjustments with your water heater. By scheduling an annual or bi-annual maintenance check, you can help keep emergencies to a minimum.

 

  1. New fixtures. ‘Do-it-yourselfies’ may seem like a good idea – in theory. However, if you’re upgrading your toilets, sinks, or any kind of plumbing, you should let the trained experts make the installation. Being penny wise and pound foolish is the sad end to a lot of DIY projects – and in the end you’ll likely save more money by having these things done professionally.

 

  1. Aging pipes inspection. If you have an older home, you may have water lines or fixtures that are starting to corrode. It’s a very good idea to have a professional plumber inspect them, and perhaps take measures to restore or replace them. Otherwise you’re at increased risk of bursting pipes, which means flooding, mold, and loss of valuable property.

 

  1. Reduced water pressure. If your water pressure is low and slow, that can be a sign your plumbing is suffering from a buildup of calcium and other minerals. It could also mean the aerator is wearing down, or you have a clog in the plumbing system. This is a good time to contact a plumber to find out the cause of the weak flow.

 

  1. That toilet clog isn’t budging. We all face the dreaded toilet clog at some point and our first line of action is to go at it with a plunger. However, if you’ve given it your vigorous best and the clog doesn’t budge, it may be time to call a professional plumber. There could be more serious issues that are related to the sewage line.

Unless you’re faced with an emergency, calling a plumber isn’t likely to be at the top of your to-do list. However, having regularly scheduling maintenance or calling at the first sign of a problem could prevent significant damage. Calling your plumber can sometimes actually save you money in the long run.