Don’t DIY: 6 Times You Should Call a Professional Plumber

Don’t DIY: 6 Times You Should Call a Professional Plumber

Did you know that a typical American can use up to 90 gallons of water per day? It’s incredible how much water we use for showering, preparing food, flushing the toilet, washing hands or other activities.

Having water readily available is a great luxury, but what happens if the plumbing system doesn’t work and you cannot wash your hands before having dinner? Even worse, what happens if a water pipe breaks? Luckily, a professional plumber is always there to save the day. Keep reading to find out when you should call an expert plumber to help you instead of going the DIY route!

Six Plumbing Repairs You Should Not DIY

1. You Rotate the Faucet but There’s No Water

Turning your faucet on only to find no water is one of the most frustrating plumbing problems out there, especially when you’re in a rush to go somewhere or do something important. Having no water at all usually means that there’s a serious issue with your plumbing system. First of all, call your neighbors and see if they have the same problem. If the answer is no, that’s when you need plumbing help right away.
There could be multiple reasons why you don’t have water:

  • a pipe is frozen or broken
  • an issue with the main pipe
  • water is leaking somewhere
  • a water backup,
  • a clog in the system, etc.

A professional plumber will inspect the problem and be able to restore water flow as soon as possible, so you can shower, prepare food, and use the toilet again.

2. A Faucet Leaks Water Constantly – And Makes Noises!

You’ve likely encountered this problem before. One of your faucets is constantly dripping, making small, frequent noises when the water drops hit the sink. This dripping sound doesn’t only annoy you, but the amount of water wasted can cost you several hundred dollars over the course of one year.

Ideally, you want this problem fixed right away, and you should call a plumber to take a look at the leaky faucet. In most cases, the fixture is not installed correctly or some of its components are damaged. As a result, even when the faucet is “off,” some water continues to flow, which causes the dripping problem.

3. There’s No Hot Water Whatsoever

Many homeowners periodically complain that they are without hot water for hours. This can be a real problem as you might not be able to have a shower or do the dishes in the sink. The lack of hot water might be caused by a faulty water tank or a water heater that takes too long to warm up the water you use.

In this case, a professional plumber will thoroughly inspect the water tank and heating system. Maybe these components are old and they don’t perform properly anymore. A plumber can also find affordable parts and plumbing components for you so that your plumbing problem is fixed with minimal intervention from your behalf.

4. The Water Doesn’t Drain Correctly In Your Sink or Bathtub

A stopped up sink or tub drain is also a common problem in most households. The water pouring into your sink is supposed to go through a pipe back into the main water and sewage system of the city. However, this pipe gets clogged, so your sink doesn’t drain correctly. You’ll start to see this when your sink fills up completely after just a few minutes of running the tap.

Obviously, you cannot sit like this and wait for the water to drain as slowly as possible. You need to call a professional plumber to replace that clogged pipe. Many homeowners try to do this themselves, but it’s a messy job that requires a little know-how. Also, what if replacing the pipe under the sink doesn’t solve the problem? What if another pipe is clogged and you do not have access to it with basic tools?

Professional plumbers use special tools to unclog drains, as well as certain cleaning solutions. The story is true for your bathtub drain or toilet as well. A plumber can use a snake, which is a long, flexible, and metallic wire to remove the blockage. You also need to be skilled at using it. That’s why a professional plumber can solve your problem in less than an hour, saving you time and headaches.

5. A Pipe Broke and Water Is Flowing All Over the House

A broken pipe can be a recipe for disaster, especially if it happens during the night when you sleep. Old and rusty pipes can break down anytime, letting water flow all over the place uncontrollably. If this pipe happens to be in your house, you can get water everywhere and have your furniture and personal belongings damaged.

In this case, you need to urgently call an expert plumber and allow him to stop the leakage. Plumbers can also routinely inspect your pipes to prevent such nightmare scenarios from happening again in the future.

6. Adding or Replacing Appliances in Your Bathroom or Kitchen

Maybe you saw a beautiful sensor faucet in a home improvement store and you want it installed in your bathroom. What if you want to get a sink with two compartments for your kitchen? Or you’re adding a new bathroom to the house and you need your plumbing system expanded. These are all good reasons to call a master plumber to get the job done quickly and correctly.

Installing new fixtures or appliances is not an easy task. You need to make sure that everything fits correctly. Otherwise, water can leak uncontrollably, causing damage and waste. Make sure that you let a professional plumber replace or install new appliances so that you avoid unpleasant events in the future.

Ready to Call a Professional Plumber Today?

As you can see, there are a lot of things that call for help from a professional plumber. Take advantage of the skill and experience of a master plumber to solve your most annoying plumbing problems and you’ll be able to save a lot of money and stress in the future.

For example, let one of our professional plumbers add some of these fixtures to your bathroom or kitchen and improve the quality of your life!

Comments (14)

  1. Lyla Peterson
    Jan 17, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    That’s a good point that new fixtures require professional help, as everything needs to fit perfectly to avoid water leaks. I bought a new kitchen faucet yesterday that has an extendable sprayer. I will reach out to a local plumber to ensure that it is installed correctly.

  2. Taylor Wright
    Feb 24, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    I’ve noticed that the drain in my bathtub is having a hard time draining and I’m worried that it will only get worse. I’ll have to call a plumber to come to look at it and fix it right away.

    • admin
      Mar 23, 2020 at 1:28 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Taylor. Definitely get your tub checked by a pro if it continues to have drainage problems.

  3. Liz Hudson
    Mar 17, 2020 at 11:05 am

    That’s a good point that a small leak can end up costing hundreds of dollars in the long run. The faucet in my basement laundry room sink has a constant drip, and I have been wondering if it’s worth it to have it fixed. Considering that it could save me a lot of money, it sounds like this is something I should prioritize.

    • admin
      Jun 04, 2020 at 9:25 am

      Yes, definitely get the leak fixed – the cost of repairs will pay for itself in the long run! Thanks for your comment, Liz!

  4. Zoe Campos
    Apr 05, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you for reminding me that I should call a professional plumber whenever I want to install new fixtures or appliances in my house. I came across a nice faucet online that will definitely give a nice touch to my bathroom sink and thought that I could just buy it and install it myself. It’s good that I came across your article first before I did the work myself and caused damage and waste to my own house.

    • admin
      Jun 04, 2020 at 9:48 am

      Thanks for your comment, Zoe! Installing a faucet can be tricky sometimes. Leave it to the pros if you are unsure!

  5. Zachary Tomlinson
    May 26, 2020 at 4:18 am

    My uncle told me that he’s having a hard time getting hot water from his water heater. What you said about how this is a sign of a faulty water heater is something we did not consider. I’ll suggest that he call a plumber so he could get it sorted out asap.

    • admin
      Jun 04, 2020 at 9:52 am

      The average lifespan of a water heater is about 10 years. So if it’s not heating your water, definitely have it checked out! Thanks for commenting, Zachary!

  6. Bob Riley
    Oct 15, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    And if you decide to call a plumber do a quick Google search to make sure they are licensed. That is essential.

  7. Michaela Hemsley
    Jan 05, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks for pointing out that if your sink is constantly leaking it could mean that some of its components are damaged. My husband and I have recently noticed that the faucet in our master bathroom constantly leaks, and it’s driving us crazy. We’ll have to look into calling a plumber that can come and figure out if it’s damaged or not as well as how to get it fixed.

  8. Eve Mitchell
    Apr 04, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Thanks for mentioning that you should call a plumber immediately if you have a broken pipe. My husband found some water damage in our basement yesterday night and we’re not sure where it’s coming from. I’m hoping that we can call a plumber asap to see what the cause is.

  9. Olivia Smart
    Jul 31, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you for explaining that a drain that isn’t draining correctly should be addressed by a professional. We’ve been having problems with our shower and a few sinks in our home. I’ll be sure to get it checked out by a plumber soon.

  10. Victoria Addington
    Dec 29, 2023 at 1:30 am

    I’m glad you mentioned that hiring a professional plumber will be necessary for installing new fixtures. This is because, as you indicated, you have to make sure that everything fits properly. I will absolutely share this with my sister to keep in mind when she remodels her bathroom. In addition, I will look into local plumbers that might be able to assist her.

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