Plumbing tends to be one of the things that homeowners really don’t think about until it’s stopped working. Most homeowners know how to use a plunger and open a can of Drano and that’s the extent of what they know about plumbing. The last thing you want, however, is to be sitting in a pool of water before you realize that you need the services of a plumber. That’s why in this list, we will go into a few of the top warning signs that you need an emergency plumber as soon as possible.
1. You Hear Gurgling Noises
Your toilets, sinks, washing machine, and dishwasher are not supposed to gurgle. If you hear the sounds when the toilet isn’t being flushed, it’s a sign that you are in for a backup into your home. If you hear the gurgling noises when you are running the dishwasher or the washing machine, it’s best to turn them off right away and call in a plumber, before the water backs up into your home and starts running over.
2. You Hear Water in Your Pipes or Toilet
If you hear water running through your pipes when no one is using the water, or the toilet hasn’t just been flushed, you might have a leak somewhere that needs to be addressed. Try checking your water meter when no one is using the water to see if it’s still spinning. That is a clear sign that you have a leak. It’s also a good idea to look for tell-tale signs such as dark spots on your ceilings and walls, as they could mean water leaks as well.
3. Your Water Pressure is Low
In many cases, low water pressure in your sink is just a matter of cleaning the gunk out of your aerator. However, it could be the first warning sign of a more serious problem. If you clean out the aerator and the water pressure is still to low, it’s a good idea to call in a plumber to deal with the issue. Problems with low water pressure range from fractured pipes to water leaks in the entire system. Don’t try to fix these problems yourself, instead call in a reputable plumber to fix them for you. If you try to fix it yourself it could end up costing you more money in the long run.
4. Your Pipes Are Frozen
It happens to at least one or two homeowners every single winter. They forget to wrap their pipes or leave their water running and wake up to no water in the morning, because their pipes are frozen solid. The last thing you want to do is get out there and try to defrost those pipes yourself or even leave them to defrost as the sun warms them. If they burst instead, you are going to have an expensive mess on your hands.
5. You Keep Smelling Sulphur or Sewage
If you keep getting a whiff of sulphur or sewage, it is possible that you have a broken sewer pipe or vent under your house. This is important to take care of right away, because not only can it cause problems with your foundation, it also leads to environmental problems as well. As a good rule of thumb, anytime you smell something not right in your home that could be plumbing related, it’s best to call in the plumber to check out the problem for you.
These are just a few of the top signs out there that you might need to call in a plumber to take care of a plumbing problem. These are problems you don’t want to take care of yourself.