6 Signs You Need to Call a Plumber

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6 Signs You Need to Call a Plumber

Plumbing tends to be one of those things you may not think about until there's an obvious problem. When the problem's small enough, you can even fix it without worrying much about where it came from. Unclogging a toilet is easy enough, and the occasional clog is nothing to worry about, right?

But what happens when the problem isn't small enough to fix yourself? If you ignore the less-than-obvious signs of impending plumbing disaster, you could expose yourself to potentially expensive plumbing disasters. To avoid that, you'll have to pay a little attention to your plumbing, even when its problems aren't so obvious. Get started by keeping an eye out for these six telltale signs of an imminent plumbing disaster. If you notice one of these, call in the pros fast- before a small problem becomes a big one!

Slow drains

The problem with slow drains is they always get worse. Eventually, the problem causing your sink to drain slowly could lead to a complete clog. Left alone long enough, it could even lead to something much more serious (and expensive to fix!).

If your drains aren't working as well as they should be, you should call a plumber right away. The sooner we can figure out what's causing the problem, the faster we can fix it. Solve this simple problem fast, before it turns into something more complicated.

Low or inconsistent water pressure

Low water pressure has two main causes: a singular, fixture-based issue or a whole home issue. You can usually fix fixture-based pressure problems by cleaning the fixture's aerator.

Whole-home problems are usually bigger and more complicated to fix. If your whole home is having a water pressure issue, you'll probably need a plumber. We can determine the problem and fix it quickly and effectively.

A dripping faucet

A single faucet dripping once per second can waste thousands of gallons of water each year. It'll also drive up your monthly water bill by hundreds. As if that wasn't frustrating enough, dripping faucets cause all sorts of other problems, too. The constant dripping wears out the inner workings of your fixtures, causing additional damage.

Dripping water also wears away at your sink grout and caulk. We recommend you have your plumber fix your leaking faucet as soon as you can. The sound of silence will give you (and your bank account) peace of mind.

Standing water

If there's standing or pooling water in your home, it means you have a leak somewhere. If water is pooling around the base of your toilet, then your toilet's loose.

If there's standing water beneath your water heater, then your water heater could be corroded or leaking. No matter what, standing water is always a sign of a larger, hidden issue.

Discolored or smelly water

Your water should be clear, fresh, and completely odorless. If the water coming out of your fixtures looks or smells funny, then there's something wrong with it. Brown discoloration could mean there's too much iron in the water. Green water could be a sign of copper corrosion. Weird smells could even indicate that sewage is seeping into your water.

Long story short: if your water doesn't seem right, it means your plumbing isn't either.

Peculiar sounds from inside your pipes

Peculiar plumbing sounds are always a sign that it's time to call your plumber. Vibrations could mean that your water pressure is too high and it's shaking the pipes. Thudding or shuddering sounds are often caused by a phenomenon called water hammer.

Squealing when you turn on a faucet usually means that some interior parts are corroded or loose. Gurgling toilets are typically a sign of worn-out or faulty valves.

When you decide it's time to get help, don't hesitate to call the pros at The Pink Plumber. We always have technicians on hand to solve your problems, big or small.