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How to Know If You Need a Plumber, Pronto | Katy, TX

How to Know If You Need a Plumber, Pronto | Katy, TX
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A lot of people do not think of calling a plumber until the plumbing problem that they are experiencing is really bad and requires immediate attention. The majority of people that own a home know how to use a plunger and a bottle of drain cleaner where they live in Katy, TX. That is all they typically know about plumbing which is why they need to find professionals if they have a major plumbing problem.

That is why it is essential for people need to know the signs of when their drains or pipes are clogged before they back up or bursts and when they should give up on repairing the plumbing problem themselves and find one of the plumbers in their area. If they do not call a professional immediately, then once the professionals do visit them their home, it can cost them a lot of money in repairs and have a big mess on their hands as well. These plumbing issues that I am going to discuss are reasons that you should find a professional to come out to your home right away.

  1. Gurgling: According to Janet O'Dea, the owner of Powers Plumbing in San Diego, CA., "hearing gurgling when you use the toilet can be the cause of a clogged or comprised drain." "If your toilet is gurgling when you are not using it, it is trying to find air and you are likely in for a backup." If you hear the gurgling when you are bathing, doing laundry, washing dishes, be sure to turn off the water in your house so the system will not back up into your house.
  2. Hearing Water in Your Pipes or Toilet: If you hear water running through your pipes and no one is running water, then you might have a leak in your home in Katy, TX or wherever your home is and you need to find one of the plumbers in your area to come out to your home. Look for brown or wet spots on your ceilings, floors, and walls that are a sign of a leak. If the wet spot is warm, it is more than likely is coming from your hot water line. This information can be very helpful to tell the professionals when they come out to your home. It can reduce the cost and the amount of time that they spend looking for where the leak is coming from. Another way to tell if your home has a water leak is if your water meter is spinning when no one in your home is using any water. "If it is, turn off the valve to the water heater right away and see if the noise stops and the meter stops," O'Dea says. "If so, you just isolated the leak to the hot water side." If you are only hearing water run in your toilet, then the fix can be as easy as replacing a flapper that has been damaged or worn out. However, if you are hearing hissing noises, your internal tank components are more than likely worn out and a total replacement might be your most cost-effective option, according to Doyle James, the president of Mr. Rooter Plumbing.
  3. Low Water Pressure: "Sometimes, the lessening of water pressure from the faucet in your kitchen or bathroom sink is simply a case of gunk buildup in the faucet's aerator," James says. In these cases, the problem can be fixed by just taking the aerator off, removing the gunky residue, and putting it back in the faucet. If that does not bring your water pressure back to where it should be, then it could be a more serious problem like a fractured pipe, an eroded waterline, or a water leak in the system. Do not try to fix these complicated problems by yourself. You need to find some good plumbers that will come to your home and do the task for you.
  4. Slow Draining: If you notice that your bathroom and kitchen sinks are taking a longer time to drain, it is a good idea to have plumbers come to your Katy, TX home to find out where the clog is. Also, if your tub, sink, or toilet will not drain after you use over-the-counter drain products or a plunger, contact some plumbers in the Katy, TX area right away.
  5. Frozen Pipes: Don't wait to call a plumber if your pipes are frozen during the cold winter months. Indications of frozen pipes are your water is no longer running, weird, clanking noises when you turn your water on, the smell of sewage coming out of your faucets, or visible frost or moisture on your exposed pipes. It is a bad idea to try and thaw out your pipes all by yourself. That can cause your pipes to leak or fully burst. To prevent your pipes from bursting, let your faucets drip cold water overnight when your outdoor temperatures are below freezing and leave your sink cabinet doors open so warm air can circulate.
  6. A Sulfur or Sewage Smell: If, all of the sudden, your home smells like rotten eggs, you could have a broken vent or sewer pipe underneath your place of residence. If plumbers do not come out and repair it, the broken pipes or vents can cause environmental problems and wreak havoc with your foundation. Basically, it is a good idea to contact a plumber if you smell a bad odor in your home
  7. Smelling Gas: "If you smell gas at any time, when you are in a particular room, when you run the dryer, when you're in the kitchen cleaning up after dinner, or even if you're outside, don't ignore it," O'Dea says. "Thescent that is added to natural gas is to alert you that there is a gas leak somewhere." The first call you need to make when you smell gas is to your gas company. Then you should open your windows, not use any appliances, or turn on any lights. Even turning on your lights can cause a natural gas explosion. "Taking immediate action is vital," O'Dea says. "If you have a gas leak, the gas company will shut off your gas and lock your meter so you won't be able to use your appliances until you get the system repaired, but in doing so, you may have saved your life. It's that serious.

If any of these issues happen in your home, you need to call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing right away. It can save you a lot of time and money and even the lives of you and your family in some instances.