06 Jun. 22

Top 7 Signs It’s Time To Call A Plumber

Nobody wants to deal with a plumbing problem. However, prompt action helps to minimize damage to the home. The following seven signs suggest it is time to call a plumber for help. 

Gurgling Sound From Toilet

Gurgling noises from the toilet mean there is negative air pressure in the drain line. Air should flow freely through these lines to allow waste to exit the home. When suction builds in the line, the air comes back through the drainpipe. As it enters the toilet bowl, you hear this sound. 

The negative air pressure occurs because there is a clog in the line somewhere. Contact LaVergne’s Plumbing to find this clog and fix it. Never allow the problem to persist, as the problem could be a collapsed or broken sewer line. 

Cold Water

Water heaters fail for a variety of reasons. Many times, the problem lies in a faulty heating element, which is a quick and inexpensive fix. A malfunctioning thermostat could lead to no hot water or water that doesn’t reach the desired temperature. If the upper thermostat goes bad, the home won’t have any hot water because this thermostat also controls the lower thermostat. When the lower thermostat is defective, the water never heats to the desired temperature. 

At times, the dedicated circuit breaker for the water heater trips. Try resetting it to see if this fixes the problem. If the breaker trips again, call for service, as something is wrong within the unit.

Any interruption to the gas supply to a gas water heater leads to cold water coming from all faucets in the home. However, when one faucet provides cold water and other fixtures have hot water, the problem lies in the affected fixture and you need a plumber to replace it. 

Running Water

If you hear water in the pipes when no fixtures are running, look for a leak. The easiest way to determine this is to cut all water off in the home. Look at the meter and see if it continues to run. If it does, you have a leak. Contact plumbers in Ferndale to find the problem and fix it. Quick action helps to keep the water bill down. In addition, it reduces the risk of mold and mildew growing in the home thanks to the damp conditions. 

Low Water Pressure

When you notice a sudden drop in water pressure, learn if neighbors are experiencing similar issues. If the municipality supplying the water has a water main break or something of that nature, all people in an area will have similar problems. When well water supplies the home, the problem may lie in the pump responsible for delivering water to the home. However, the problem may lie within the home. 

If the problem is in the home, the water meter valve or the main house shutoff valve may be partially closed. Old steel water pipes might be to blame, or the problem could be with the pressure regulator. An experienced plumber looks at all potential sources of low water pressure to find the problem and determine how best to resolve it. 

Drainage Problems

A slow-moving drain suggests there is a clog somewhere in the lines. When multiple drains in the home move slowly, the problem may lie in the main sewage line. Many things may clog a line, from a child’s toy to food waste. Sometimes, the problem is a small rodent that has made its way into the pump. It’s hard to know what the problem is. 

Individuals specializing in plumbing services have tools that can find and dislodge these clogs. The drain snake or auger is more effective than anything a homeowner has to clear the clog. In addition, do-it-yourself products can damage the pipes, so it’s best to leave this job to the professionals. 

Sewage Smell

A sewage smell in the home could come from several sources. Water should be present in every drain trap, as a dry trap emits unpleasant odors. At times, a failing toilet wax ring leads to odors in the home because water and gasses can escape through any holes or cracks in the ring. However, it could be the toilet’s anchor bolts aren’t properly seated and this is allowing the sewer smell to escape. 

Any leak in the sewer lines could result in the smell entering the home. A plumber can run a camera through the sewer lines to learn where the problem is and how best to fix it. This may involve using specialized tools to clear the pipe or replacing the pipe. 

The vent system in the home keeps gasses out. Any blockage in the system leads to a sewage smell in the home. Ensure this pipe remains clear and is properly situated on the roof to avoid these problems. 

Frozen Pipes

Pipes exposed to extreme cold remain at substantial risk of freezing. The same holds for water supply pipes in unheated areas of the home, such as crawl spaces. Any pipes in exterior walls that aren’t adequately insulated may freeze in frigid temperatures. Prevention remains the best way to safeguard the pipes and home. 

Begin thawing the pipe by allowing water to trickle from the faucet. While waiting for the pipe to thaw, call a plumber. They need to examine the pipe and ensure there are no leaks. If you don’t feel comfortable thawing the pipe, the plumber will complete this task for you. 

Other plumbing problems may arise. Call a plumber any time you suspect you are in need of plumbing repairs. The plumber will inspect the system to find all problems and ensure they correct them before leaving the home. This ensures additional problems won’t arise once the plumber leaves, and you will have peace of mind knowing your home remains protected. 

About LaVergne’s Plumbing:

A family-owned and operated company, LaVergne’s Plumbing offers personalized service and attention to detail. Customers feel confident when the work is done, as they know they can count on fast, fair, and reliable service. Call for 24-emergency service, knowing the technician arriving at the home has undergone a drug test and background check to ensure the safety of our clients and their loved ones.