Top 9 Household Problems That Require a Plumber | New Orleans, LA
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Immediate access to certain qualified support systems can make home or property owning a bit less stressful when things go wrong. For example, you definitely want to have an experienced certified plumber on your speed dial list. That’s because plumbing issues can make life miserable, and left untreated, they have a tendency to get worse, cause damage, and cost you money. An experienced plumbing service provider, such as bluefrog Plumbing + Drain, serving the greater New Orleans, LA area, can be a lifeline when the water starts to gush, or the toilet backs up. Just in case you are unsure, and to discourage you from attempting plumbing repairs yourself, here are a few of the primary reasons for calling in that professional:
If you own a home or property, you are likely familiar with most of the following, perhaps second hand as horror stories from neighbors, or perhaps from first-hand experience. When they occur, the best advice is to stay calm – and call a plumbing service.
There are a number of reasons the water is no longer flowing throughout the pipes in your house. They can range from most obvious: you didn’t pay the water bill, to the mysterious: somewhere a pipe has burst, and water is now pooling in the basement or in the ground somewhere outside your home. Either way, there is nothing more unsettling than turning on a faucet and getting … nothing. What you need is an expert plumber with the right set of diagnostic tools to identify the source of the problem and fix it.
It’s hard to miss a basement filled with water. Floods can occur in the New Orleans, LA area alongside extreme weather events. It’s during storms or earthquakes when plumbing infrastructure may be under pressure from unusual amounts of precipitation or sudden shifts in the water table. These types of plumbing-specific problem could also result from a broken sump pump or a burst pipe caused by something as innocuous as an underground tree root. You may need a plumber to assess what is causing the flood, repair the problem and assist with the clean-up. Especially if homeowners are planning on making insurance claims, calling in a certified plumbing specialist is the best course of action in this instance.
Toilet Runs Non-Stop
It’s a potentially expensive little problem that many of us are familiar with. You flush the toilet and it continues to run and gush long after you walk away. Water fills the tank continuously, water that the homeowner must pay for. The unwelcome sound of a toilet running can indicate a broken seal or connector somewhere within the plumbing stack. You need a pro to diagnose exactly where the problem lies and fix it so you can stop flushing hard earned money down the drain.
Clogs and blockages in a residential sewage or wastewater system are often the result of certain materials being flushed. These can range from grease to physical objects, or gradual accumulations of waste solids. This is not a time to get ambitious with DIY tactics. Call a plumbing service, who has the knowledge and equipment to get to the bottom of the problem before serious damage is done to your home.
Backed Up Drain
Similarly, when there is a physical obstruction or blockage anywhere in the pipeline, water can back up from drains in sinks, bathtubs, showers, even toilets. And that can potentially lead to destructive and expensive damage to drywall, tiles and flooring. A fully equipped plumber, armed with video diagnostic tools, a plumber’s “snake” and various other devices can assess where the source of the blockage is located, then fix it fast.
Pipes burst when they undergo extreme or sudden pressure. When pipes freeze, for example, the contracting and expanding of the water within them can cause a rupture. Pipes can be damaged by tree roots, or by sudden shifts in the structure or earth around them. And, although they are usually made from durable materials such as copper and PVC, older pipes made from metal or ceramic can erode or crack. No matter the cause, burst pipes can cause considerable damage, sending water where it shouldn’t go. A skilled plumber can identify the source of the break, repair or replace the damaged pipe and get things flowing again in the right direction.
Low Water Pressure
Often, a small flaw in the aerator section of the faucet can lead to low water pressure. But it can also be indicative of a larger clog or blockage along the line in your home’s water distribution system. There could also be a problem with the shutoff valve, or water meter valve. And, although not all homes come equipped with them, a pressure regulating valve could be the culprit. A professional plumber will be able to determine the nature and scope of your water pressure problem and fix it for good.
OK, so it’s not exactly a problem, but we’ll include the happy event of having new appliances to install just in case you’re contemplating trying to set them up yourself. Just don’t. A plumber will be able to safely install and calibrate new washing machines, dishwashers and devices such as sump pumps in a way that ensures they won’t put added stress on plumbing infrastructure. Professionals also come armed with a wealth of knowledge on the proper use of such machines, and they aren’t afraid to share it.
If you and your household are plagued by any of these, or any other, issue with residential plumbing, don’t hesitate to give the experts at bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of New Orleans a call. Their team serves the greater New Orleans, LA area 24/7. From emergencies such as flooding and sewer backups to less urgent scenarios such as low water pressure and new plumbing appliances, professional plumbers can get your household’s water and waste infrastructure flowing smoothly again in no time.