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Your first inclination during a plumbing emergency may be to have a go at it yourself to try to fix the problem. Unless you have the right tools and experience the outcome will be a disaster.
Any plumber working for bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of the Crescent City in LA will be able to tell you about all the ‘easy jobs’ they have had to be hired to fix and to make good the botched repair attempts of an inexperienced do-it-yourselfer.
If you make a mistake and break an expensive component because the internet expert was not actually an expert, it will cost at least 25% more than if you had just hired an experienced plumber to fix it in the first place.
When Do You Need the Services of a Plumber?
After a cold snap, this is a common reason to call out a plumber. You may have gone away for the weekend and come home to a flood in your home. The first thing you should do is to turn the main water valve off, to prevent further flooding.
The sooner you do this the less water damage there will be. The next thing you should do is to turn off the main electricity supply, this will avoid electrocution, always a good idea. Then go around your home and turn on all your taps to empty the water from your system. Now you can call for a plumber from bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of the Big Easy.
Clearing up after water damage is soul-destroying work, items of value, belongings that have taken years to collect could be lost forever. Have somebody check your plumbing system regularly, a small leak now will be easier to repair than a burst pipe later.
Not everyone knows where the main valve for the water supply or the mains electricity switch is, please find out now, the sooner you can act the less damage and danger there will be.
Your Sink Is Draining Slower and Slower
There is an old saying that a watched kettle never boils, the same could be said for a slowly draining sink. Clogs growing in the drainpipes are the most likely cause. As they grow, they will restrict the flow of water through the drainpipes.
Often chemicals will be poured down the sink to remove any clogs, but these will not always work for well-established clogs. If you live in an old house, your pipework may not have been replaced from the day it was built. Using too many chemicals may corrode older pipes and joints and cause a leak.
The safest and best way to remove clogs without damaging the pipes is to have a professional drain cleaning service from bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of New Orleans. After the drainpipes are cleaned, you should take precautions to prevent them from returning. Do not pour grease, food, and coffee grinds down your sink. These are the main culprits in clog formation, as they stick to the insides of the drainpipes.
Water Is Backing Up Into Your Sink
If you do nothing about your clog problem, they will grow until they completely block the drainpipes. You will now have standing water in your sink. This is a bad enough problem but if you start to see discolored water backing up into the sink, together with the awful smell of sewage then the issue is just going to get worse.
All the causes of clogs forming in your drainpipes can have the same effect on your sewer line. Damage can also occur to the sewer line which can also block it. A blocked sewer line will not allow any wastewater to enter the main sewage network, with nowhere to go it will back up into your home. It will make its way back into your sink, and it will be impossible to flush any waste down the toilet. You need a plumber immediately.
You will be in good hands; we have the most advantaged equipment to help locate and determine the extent of any blockage or damage. Our plumber will inform you about the results of their investigation and suggest courses of action.
Low Water Pressure in New Orleans, LA
Those annoying clogs may also be responsible for any reduction in your water pressure. If you live in an area with hard water, you will have noticed limescale forming on your taps, showerhead, and even on the heating element of your kettle. This limescale can form on the insides of your water pipes and restrict the rate of flow of water.
The scale will also affect all your water appliances, like your water heater, washing machine, and dishwater. It will gum up several of the parts in these machines. This problem is not going to go away, and you may what to consider installing a water softener.
You could also have a problem with the pressure-reducing valve (PRV) if you have one in your home. These valves help to lower the water pressure entering your home if you live in a region with high pressure. There are other reasons for low water pressure in your home, and it takes an experienced plumber to quickly discover the right reason for your problem.
Your Water Bills Are Sky-High
A cause of low water pressure could be a leak somewhere in your home. Most water pipes are located out of sight and a leak can be hard to detect. The first sign of a leak can be a sudden spike in your water bills. At this point, you should turn off all the water appliances in your home and make sure all the taps are off. If there is no leak, your water meter will not move, but if it does this confirms the leak. Call us straight away, a hidden leak could be causing substantial and unseen damage.
We Provide Many Other Quality Plumbing Services in New Orleans, LA
bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of New Orleans does not just fix burst pipes. We offer a comprehensive range of plumbing services to the people of New Orleans, LA. Do not wait until you need an emergency plumber, call us today if you spot any signs of trouble for a free inspection and estimate!