When should you call a plumber

Regardless of what the do-it-yourself experts on reality television tell you, there will come a time when you will need to call a plumber. Even if you have successfully unclogged a drain in the past or changed the faucet, there are some situations in which a professional 24 hour emergency plumber is needed. A plumber has the training and skill to resolve an issue without causing further damage. On the other hand, you may not. If you want to avoid a higher than a necessary bill, call the plumber when these situations arise.


If you have low water pressure throughout your home, call the plumber. Low water pressure could be the result of several factors including an obstruction in the water lines of your home. The problem could even extend out to the water meter. The plumber can analyze the issue and make a judgment call on whether this is a problem that he can address or if the fault lies with your city’s water supply.


A plumber should be called if you have no hot water. As with low water pressure, hot water issues could be the result of several factors. Sometimes, the problem is visible. In some situations, a plumber will need to do some investigation. Hot water problems can result from a faulty thermostat or a blown a fuse. It could also be the result of a faulty heating element. If you have a gas water heater, your igniter could have failed. Whatever the cause, being without hot water can be a nuisance that your family may not appreciate. If your sewer line is not draining properly, you need professional help. When the sewage line is clogged, it can push sewage back into your home. This could create an unsanitary, disastrous situation that will have your family running for the street. Rather than attempting to unclog the sewer line yourself by renting a rodding machine, call a plumber. The use of a rodding machine by someone who is unskilled could result in bigger problems such as damaging the sewer lines ever further.


Frozen pipes do not always require a plumber. When your pipes freeze, shut off the main water valve, and turn on a faucet nearby. When you turn on the faucet, you can determine if the pipe has cracked or burst. If so, call the plumber. If it has not cracked, use a hair dryer to thaw the pipe. Avoid putting any significant heat on the pipes. You could easily burst the pipes and wind up calling for help from the plumber after all. If you do opt to call the plumber, he may simply isolate the pipes that are frozen and replace them. It can sometimes be easier to do that than thaw them out.


When you need to replace a water heater, call the plumber. Although the Internet is filled with videos showing you how to do it, installing a new water heater is complicated. Installing the heater the wrong way could result in a leak. It could even lead to someone being seriously injured by hot water flooding from the heater. There are just too many things that can go wrong when trying to install a heater.


Tub replacements can be tricky. If you feel that you can do a replacement without tearing up the rest of your bathroom, go for it. Most people understand that a tub replacement can be tricky for even a professional and prefer to pay one to do it. The plumber knows how involved a replacement can be and can get the job done in a more efficient manner than the average do-it-yourselfer.