When something minor happens with your home plumbing, there’s often the impulse to ignore it and hope it goes away. Strange noises, a slow drain, or low water pressure — they’re annoying, but you can live with it, right? Unfortunately, these are usually signs that something is wrong with your pipes. Stay ahead of things and contact the professionals at Best Plumbing before it gets worse. To help you out, here are five signs that it’s time to call your plumber.
Low Water Pressure
The pet peeve of homeowners everywhere: terrible water pressure. This seemingly minor problem can be caused by a variety of issues, including leaks, clogs, incorrectly sized pipes, or malfunctioning pressure valves. To get to the root of the problem as quick as possible, it’s best to contact a plumber for an inspection.
Slow Draining Water
Often, a clogged drain is something that a plunger or drain snake can fix. However, for a slow drain that just won’t unclog, it’s a good idea to call a professional. Trying too hard to clear out a stubborn block can actually cause more damage to your pipes. When in doubt, it’s best to hire a plumber and avoid any unintended, expensive repairs.
Do you hear water running through your pipes at odd times? Do you hear gurgling when you run the dishwasher or flush the toilet? A loud thud when you turn off faucets (a phenomenon known as water hammering)? Often these can be early warning signs that a problem is developing. It could be that the air chamber in your sink has become water logged, that water pressure is set too high, or that water valves or lines connecting to your appliances need to be replaced. Hiring a professional can save you a lot of time tracking down and fixing the root cause before it gets out of hand.
If you catch a whiff of sulfur coming from your sink, or sewage is backing up into your bathtub, it means that something is very wrong with a sewer pipe near your home. Left unchecked, a burst sewer pipe can cause major damage to your home’s foundations and surrounding property. This is definitely not a fix-it-yourself situation — contact a certified plumber immediately.
A DIY mindset can make sense for smaller projects, but when it comes to making major changes to fixtures or appliances, be smart and hire a plumber. Even something that seems relatively easy, such as moving a dishwasher or sink, could result in expensive repairs if you’re not careful. Your best bet is to hire an expert who has the correct tools and know-how to get the job done.
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Find your local Seattle plumbing expert with Best Plumbing! We’ve been serving the Puget Sound area for 50 years. From minor concerns to emergency plumbing servings, we’re here to help 24/7. Give us a call at (206) 633-1700. Visit our website for more information, or check out or other blogs and YouTube channel for helpful plumbing tips!