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7 Reasons To Call A Plumber

Originally contributed by • last updated 4/5/2021

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There’s a certain amount of DIY plumbing that goes along with owning or renting a home. However, there are some problems you don’t want to take on by yourself.

If there’s sewage involved or a long-term issue you can’t solve, you’ll save yourself time and frustration if you call a plumber.

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You Need A Plumber When NO Water Gets To Your House

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We’re not talking about low water pressure — though we’ll address that later. We’re talking about no water at all, anywhere in the house. Not a drip.

Before declaring a whole house problem, check every faucet inside and out to make sure you’re not getting water somewhere. Test the hot and cold water, too. If the hot water isn’t working but the cold is, suspect the water heater.

However, after you’ve tested everything and there’s still no water, definitely call a plumber. There’s a good chance you have a serious problem, such as a burst pipe or significant leak between the house and the water meter.

The water meter itself may even be the source of the leak. Either way, you’ll need a pro.

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Call A Plumber When The Sewer Line Leaks

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Sometimes a sewer line leak is clear (brown floaties coming up the drain are pretty obvious), but other times, the problem is more subtle. A blocked or leaking sewer line isn’t always as obvious as it might sound.

Instead of sewage making its way into the house, you might notice soft, mushy spots or stinky puddles in the yard. Other signs of a sewer line issue can show up in your toilet, tub, or sinks.

For example, the toilet or tub might fill when you run the sink, or showers and bathtubs may fill with wastewater without warning.

Sewer and septic problems aren’t something you can ignore. Everything from the dishwasher and washing machine to the toilet and bathtub drain through this line. You might have the DIY plumbing know how to address a minor issue like snaking a drain. But sewer line problems can completely stop all activity in the house until they’re fixed.

Professional plumbers can do video inspections and use motorized equipment you generally won’t have access to. If you’ve got a burst or leaking pipe, it may require excavating the yard to get to the break. Call a plumber to get things moving again.

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When Your DIY Plumbing Doesn’t Fix Low Water Pressure

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There are plenty of DIY plumbing projects that aren’t complicated or expensive to take care of yourself. For example, if one faucet in your house loses water pressure, it could be a clogged aerator.

In that case, unscrew the aerator, clean out any debris or sediment with vinegar or muscle power, and put it back on.

However, if the problem extends to several areas or throughout the whole house, you could have a bigger issue on your hands.

A pipe may have sprung a leak somewhere in the walls or underneath the foundation. A leak could cause serious damage if ignored or not found. Pick up the phone, and make the call.

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Turn To Plumbing Professionals For A Sweating Water Heater

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Let’s just start by saying that most water heater problems require a call to the plumber. A sweating water heater — one with condensation on the outside — could indicate a leak.

Leaks sometimes show up in the pipes or casing. If they’re not taken care of, you’ll have more complicated problems later on.

A few other water heater problems to keep an eye out for include:

  • rust on the pipes or water heater
  • a large pool of water near the water heater or in the drip pan
  • corrosion on the water heater

If you have natural gas, the plumber can also check for gas leaks around the water heater.

A general inspection should also reveal any electrical issues pertaining to the water heater too.

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Call A Plumber When The Toilet Keeps Overflowing Without A Cause

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Little kids are notorious for flushing all kinds of special surprises down the toilet — toys, socks, shoes, cereal. Occasional overflows due to an unusual clog aren’t something to worry about. Unless, of course, you can’t get the toilet unclogged on your own.

It’s time to call a plumber when you cannot get the toilet unclogged with a plunger or snake. You don’t want to keep plunging over and over again because you can do damage to the toilet and pipes.

If the toilet overflows for no reason at all, there could be a clog further down in the pipe. Call a plumber with any of these types of clogging issues. 

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When The Ceiling Develops Brown Or Wet Spots

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Water spots or brown spots on the ceiling are never a good sign. The roof or pipes could be the source. Water can do serious damage over time.

Some people may simply fix the ceiling and move on. However, they might miss the source of the damage without a thorough inspection of the surrounding pipes.

If the water is coming from the pipes, a professional can identify the problem. Pros can also fix the leak, saving you from continued water damage.

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Skip DIY Plumbing When Mold Grows On The Bathroom Walls Or In Cabinets

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Mold requires a moist environment to grow. Consequently, the bathroom’s high humidity makes it particularly susceptible to mold growth.

However, as long as you have good ventilation, there shouldn’t be a problem. If, after increasing ventilation, you still have a mold issue, you need to call a plumber to find the source of the extra moisture.

It’s possible to find mold in a bedroom or kitchen cupboard if there’s a water leak in the wall. Obvious mold in an unusual place can indicate a much bigger, hidden problem.

Hidden leaks are dangerous because they can do a lot of damage before they're found and fixed. Don't hesitate to call a plumber if you find mold in an area that doesn't, or at least, shouldn't have high humidity.