by / Saturday, 18 March 2017 / Published in Leaks, Melbourne Plumber, Plumber in Brevard County Florida, Plumbing Tips


Many plumbing projects are simple enough for you to do yourself. Pouring Drano® down a drain, tightening a leaky plumbing joint, or stopping a running toilet are pretty simple tasks.

When the unclogging solution doesn’t work, however, or your pipes continue to leak, and your toilet begins to overflow, it’s time to consider calling a plumber.

Here are the top nine most common reasons you should step aside and let a professional handle your plumbing problem.

Dripping Faucet

A leaky faucet is more than annoying. It can also send thousands of gallons of water down the drain in a day, one drop at a time. If your faucet is leaking, it’s most likely a problem with the seal that separates the water flow and your faucet.

It sounds simple, but this isn’t an easy fix. It’s best to leave this one up to the professionals and avoid botching the job.

Clogged Toilet

A plumber uses a plunger to unclog a toilet.

If you’ve tried plunging a clogged toilet several times with no improvement, you’d better call your plumber and do it quickly. The problem could be something as simple as a toy car your toddler flushed down the drain, so it got lodged in the U-bend, or it could be a sign of a damaged sewage line. Either way, you’ll need the expertise of a plumber to remedy this.

Low Water Pressure

Your low water pressure could indicate a problem with the city water supply or a poor supply-line design, but more often, it will be the result of mineral deposits, rust, or other obstructions in the line.

A good plumber will be able to diagnose the problem and repair it with his tools and expertise.

Continuously Leaking Pipes

Sometimes a leaky pipe can be secured by tightening the plumbing joints, but other times, that won’t be enough and the water will continue to flow. In that case, you’ll need to have a plumber diagnose the problem and make the repairs.

It could be a sign of eroding and degrading pipes, or a problem with the water seal, which requires extensive knowledge and training to fix.

Multiple Backed-Up Pipes

If you’re experiencing clogs in every sink, toilet, shower, and bathtub in the house, the issue is more than likely your plumbing main line. Drano and a plunger won’t be sufficient to fix this, and your amateur efforts might even make it worse.

Your main line will need to be restored as soon as possible. It’s an expensive but necessary fix that should only be handled by a professional.

Clogged Bathtub

 One of the most common causes of a clogged bathtub is copious amounts of hair that has run down the drain and block water flow with soap, shampoo, and conditioner. Your plumber can clear the obstruction, but also ensure that this isn’t the sign of a bigger concern.

To prevent hair clogs in the future, it’s a good idea to use a drain stopper that catches loose hairs so you can clean them out after every use of your shower or tub.

Inconsistent Water Flow

Inconsistent water flow in one faucet is a pretty good indicator of mineral build-up or even rust within the fixture or pipes. However, if you see the problem in multiple faucets and water fixtures, there could be a more general concern. Your plumber will know how to resolve the issue.

Water Heater Problems

In most cases, it’s unwise for you to work on your own water heater. It can be dangerous to tinker with the flammable, pressurized container without proper instruction and experience; plus, it’s easy to make a mistake and exacerbate the problem. If your water isn’t heating correctly, leave it alone and call the plumber right away.

Broken Sewer Line

Tree root invasion, lack of maintenance, weather, frozen pipes, natural disasters, old pipes, construction, and a settling house can all cause your sewer line to break or leak. The problem will be evidenced by a gurgling sound in the toilet, no water in the toilet bowl, an odor in your yard or basement, seeping water in your lawn, or a backed-up toilet or bathtub. This is a major fix that needs to be handled by a professional as soon as possible.

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