Plumbing is one of those things that goes without saying. There’s no debate about it. Leaky Pipes? Call a plumber. Water dripping through the ceiling? Yeah, should definitely call a plumber. Sure, there are times when a monkey wrench and some elbow grease will get the job done, no expense needed. But with all the do-it-themselves dads and YouTube-taught plumbers, it’s no wonder that so many homes go without the proper plumbing maintenance. Despite the valiant effort from all those amateur cracks, some jobs just call for an emergency plumber. Here are some signs that you should look (or listen) out for.
No, not the kind of running water when you turn on the faucet. This is the kind where you hear water running even though nothing is turned on. This can be a serious sign of a problematic leak somewhere in your pipes and definitely warrants a call to a plumber. If left untreated, the leak could get worse and do some serious water damage. Sill think it’s no big deal? An average home of roughly 2,000 square feet could accrue over $20,000 in damages from just an inch of water! Might be worth the cost of an emergency plumber instead of a new foundation. If you’re hearing running water coming from your toilet, it’s most likely a leaky flapper or corroded seal. In either case, it is almost always a good idea to call a professional.
Bubbling or Gurgling
If you just finished running the faucet and you notice that your drain is talking back to you, it might be a good time to call a plumbing service. A bubbling sound coming from within your drain could be the tell-tale sign of a clog in the works and could lead to a completely backed-up pipe. You could do some serious damage if you hear it while you’re running large amounts of water, such as running the dishwasher or taking a shower.
Water (Where It’s Not Supposed to Be)
If you have water leaking from any spot in the house, you should contact emergency plumbing services immediately. Water can leak from just about anywhere, and it is almost impossible to find the source without trained eyes. However, if you do have water coming from a visible location, it could be a simple fix. For a plumber. Common reasons for water leaking could be a damaged or old wax ring at the base of your toilet, a bad seal in your toilet’s angle valve, a corroded shower pipe or improperly sealed joint. These issues can be very common but should still be left to a professional. You should shut the water off immediately and call an emergency plumber if you experience any of these issues.
It’s always a good idea to keep a list of local plumbers handy in case of a sudden situation and the number for an emergency plumber close to the phone. And don’t worry, most plumbers are switching to overalls nowadays.