As a homeowner, there are a lot of tasks that you have to take care of that you might not be used to. If you have only rented in the past then you are used to calling a landlord when something goes wrong, but now as a new homeowner in Harvey, LA, when something goes wrong, you have to take care of on your own. This includes every type of plumbing issue and the ultimate decision of whether you need to call a plumber into your home to help when something does go wrong.
If you are not always 100% sure you need a plumber, don’t feel bad. There is a learning curve to becoming a homeowner, and it is common to be faced with decisions that are overwhelming all of the day. Even more so if you purchase an older home or one that needs some work. In general, if you have the feeling that you need the help of a professional plumber, then you should trust your gut and go ahead and call for help. Usually, if you feel like you may be in over your head, it is a good indication that you are.
To help make the decision a little easier in the future, here is a list of the top signs that you should call a plumber to come out to your home. While it is not a list of every single thing that could go wrong with your plumbing system, it does hit some of the biggest ones. If you notice any of these issues, don’t delay getting help, and if you have any situations where you are unsure, it is always better to reach out to a plumbing company versus waiting.
Sink Is Draining Slowly
If you have noticed that it is taking your sink longer than usual to drain, this may be a sign that you have a partial blockage inside of your pipe. Usually, people report that they notice the drain either has pooling water or that it’s not keeping up with the faucet anymore. You may also notice this in the shower if the water is slowly turning into a bath while you are still showering. And either scenario, you need to get to the bottom of why the sink is not draining otherwise, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise when it quits draining altogether.
Another sign that you might have an issue with your drain is if you start to notice gurgling water or bubbles are coming up while the drain is emptying. The water is bubbling because of air trapped in a blockage further down in the pipe. Air should get pushed straight down the pipe by a solid flow of water, but a blockage will split the water and allow water to get trapped underneath the blockage. You see or hear it while it bubbles back up, disrupting the water flow. If you notice bubbling anywhere from your toilet to your kitchen sink, you need to call a plumber for help.
You Have No Hot Water
One of the worst morning experiences you can have is a morning with no hot water. Stepping into an ice-cold shower is an experience that you are not likely to forget. Usually, if you have no hot water in your home or very lukewarm water the culprit is your water heater. A plumber is responsible for all water heater repairs, so they should be the first call on your list. You can check while waiting to see if the pilot light went out because if this is the problem and you are comfortable doing it, relighting the pilot may be the only issue.
However, if the pilot light is still on and you have ice-cold water, then there are several different scenarios that might explain why. It is possible your entire water heater is off at this point and not functioning as well. You need an experienced plumber to troubleshoot the issues and get your water heater running again. In some cases, you may need a replacement, but it is better to get one now before you have a flood in your basement or first-floor utility closet.
You Have No Water
The only thing that is worse than no hot water in your Harvey, LA home, is discovering that you have no water at all. The very first thing you should do is check with a neighbor to see if they are having a problem. This will help you quickly determine whether it is a municipal water problem or an issue isolated to your home. If you determine that the problem is just affecting your home, it is time to call a plumber for help. When there is no water in a home, it is usually a pressure issue resulting from a broken water main. Your home is not safe to live in without water, so you need to call a plumbing company you can trust to sort this out quickly for you.
There Is a Leaking Pipe
Leaking pipes are an issue for two reasons: flood damage and wasted money. No one likes paying a higher water bill than they have to, and if you have a leaking pipe or faucet in your home you are paying for it. A toilet that is running or leaking can actually release hundreds of gallons of water over the course of a few months. Plus, not only will it damage your household budget, it will also damage your home. A few drops of water are all it takes to lead to mold and mildew in your home. Therefore, you don’t want to leave any leaking pipes or faucets unattended. Make sure to call a plumber to get them fixed quickly.
If you notice any of these signs and need a plumbing company in Harvey, LA, give bluefrog Home Services of New Orleans a call. We will be happy to come take a look.