DIY Don’t! 7 Signs You’ve Got a Major Plumbing Problem

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Plumbing can easily be a part of home maintenance that won't cross your mind until it is too late. While the average homeowner knows his or her way around some drain cleaner and a plunger, there are many common plumbing issues that require a professional. 

Which is why it's crucial that you understand the warning signs of major plumbing problems. If you don't seek professional help after hearing or seeing these signs, this could end up costing you thousands of dollars in repairs. Keep reading to learn more about the seven signs you have a major plumbing problem.

1. Major Plumbing Problem: Gurgling

If you hear a gurgling sound when you run your laundry, dishwasher, or use the toilet, this could be the first sign that you a compromised or clogged drain. If your toilet is gurgling when you're not using it, this means your system is trying to find air and you probably have a backup. 

If you hear a noise when you are running your dishwasher, washing machine, or taking a shower, turn off the water immediately so your system doesn't back up your house. Then call a professional plumber like Mr. Rooter Plumbing, immediately. 

2. Hearing Water In Your Pipes Or Toilet

Another noise you'll want to call a professional plumber if you hear is the sound of water running through your pipes or toilet. Especially if you hear this sound and no one is using water, this could be a sign that you have a leak. 

In this case, you will want to check for any obvious brown or wet spots on your walls, floors, or ceiling. If the wet spot happens to be warm, that this could mean that you have a leak in your hot water line.

You will want to tell your plumber about this, as it can cut down the cost of a plumber. This is because it will reduce the amount of time your plumber spends looking for the source of your drip. 

Pro tip: try to check your water meter and see if it's still spinning when you're not using at the water. If the meter is still spinning when no water is in use, then you will want to turn off the valve of the water heater as soon as possible.

You'll want to check if the noise of running water stops when and the meter stops. If so you have isolated the leak to the side of hot water. 

If you hear water running in your toilet, then your repair should be as simple as replacing a worn or damaged flapper. But if you are hearing hissing sounds, then the internal tank components are probably worn, and a total replacement will be your most cost-effective option.  

3. Low Water Pressure

Sometimes the reason you have less water pressure from your kitchen or bathroom sink faucet is because of gunk build up in your faucet's aerator. If this is the case, you or a professional plumber will screw off the aerator, clean out the gunky residue and then screw it back onto the faucet.  

If that doesn't restore your water pressure back to normal, this could be a more serious problem like an eroded waterline, fractured pink, or system water leak. Do not try to fix these problems yourself, you will need to call a pro immediately. 

4. Slow Draining

If you notice that your bathroom and kitchen sink is taking longer than normal to drain, it probably is best to call a professional to deal with this clog. Similarly, if your sink, tub, or toilet doesn't drain after you try to use an over the counter drain product or plunger, you will need to call a plumber as soon as possible.

If you try too hard to release this clog, then this could lead to more damage to your pipes. 

5. Frozen Pipes

You do not want to wait to get help with this problem. If your pipes are frozen in the middle of the winter, you need to call a plumber as soon as possible. Some signs of this include that your water isn't running anymore, or if you hear odd clanking noises when you turn on the tap.

Other signs that your pipes are frozen include visible frost or moisture on the pipes, the smell of sewage coming from the faucet. In this case, you will not want to try to thaw your pipes on your own. If you do this, you could crack your pipes or worse, your pipes could fully burst.

To prevent your pipes from freezing, let your faucets drop cold water, especially overnight any time the outside temperature is below freezing. You will also want to leave your sink cabinets open so warm air can circulate. 

6. A sulfur Or Sewage Odor

If you smell the scent of rotten eggs, you may have a broken sewer pipe under your house, or a broken vent. If you leave this unchecked, the broken vents or pipes can lead to environmental issues which can wreak havoc on your foundation. 

So basically if you smell anything weird, you'll want to call a plumber. Which leads us to our next point. 

7. Smelling Gas

If you smell gas at any point, either when you run your dryer, you're in a certain room, or you're washing dishes in the kitchen sink. Even if it smells like the gas is coming from outside, you don't want to ignore it. 

That smell is actually natural gas letting you know there is a gas leak somewhere in your house. When this happens, a plumber won't help, it's better you call your utility company immediately.

In the meantime, open up all your windows, refrain from using appliances. Also do not turn on any lights, as a spark can ignite a natural gas explosion.

You will need to act on the smell of gas as soon as possible. If you have a gas leak, your utility company will need to shut off your gas and lock your meter. You won't be able to use your appliances until the system is repaired, but this can save your life.  

Call A Plumber Today 

If you smell, see, or encounter any of these issues, don't wait. You have a major plumbing issue on your hands, that can't be fixed with a DIY. You need a professional plumber to come to your house immediately. 

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