Plumbers working on pipes under sink

8 Signs You Need to Call a Plumber

When it comes to home maintenance, there are some issues you can’t fix yourself. Plumbing problems, in particular, often require professional attention. Ignoring the signs of plumbing issues can lead to costly damage, inconvenience, and even health hazards. You don’t want to wait until it’s too late and you are ankle deep in water.

Whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, recognizing when it’s time to call a plumber can save you time, money, and stress in the long run. Here are 8 signs you need to call a professional plumber.

1. Dripping Faucets

A dripping faucet

While a dripping faucet might seem like a minor annoyance, it can waste a significant amount of water over time, leading to higher utility bills. A single drip per second can add up to thousands of gallons in a year! The constant dripping may indicate a more significant issue with the faucet’s internal mechanisms, which could worsen if left untreated. Additionally, it can wear away at the grout and caulking around your sink.

2. Low Water Pressure

Shower head with low water stream. Broken shower in the bathroom

Nobody enjoys a shower with low water pressure, and if you notice that it is taking longer than usual to wash out that shampoo, it is important to pinpoint where the problem is and fix it. A decrease in water pressure throughout your home can signal various issues such as mineral buildup in pipes, a partially closed valve, hidden leaks, or problems with the municipal water supply. A plumber can identify the root cause and restore your water pressure to optimal levels.

3. Slow or Clogged Drains

Plumber Unclogging A Kitchen Sink Drain With Pipe Cleaning Machine

Slow drains can seem like no big deal and an easy fix you can do yourself. But, if not taken care of properly, slow drains can often lead to complete blockages and damage to your pipes. Whether it’s a sink, bathtub, or shower, recurring clogs indicate a buildup of debris, grease, hair, and even rodents in the pipes. Attempting to resolve the issue with chemical drain cleaners can sometimes worsen the problem. A certified plumber can use professional tools to clear the blockage safely and effectively.

4. Persistent Toilet Issues

Plumber unclogging toilet with professional force pump cleaner.

Continuously running toilets, frequent clogs, or water pooling around the base are signs of potential plumbing problems. If your toilet is continuously running it means water is continuously filling the tank, which means your water bill is also rising. Issues may stem from malfunctioning components within the toilet or blockages in the sewer line. A plumber can diagnose the problem and recommend the necessary repairs.

5. Unpleasant Odors

Drain being cleared by worker in navy overalls.

Your water should never smell and should always run clear. If that’s not the case then chances are you have a plumbing problem. Foul smells emanating from drains, toilets, or the yard could indicate an issue with the sewer line such as a leak or blockage. Sometimes backflow water can spill out of your sink from a sudden drop in water pressure. 

Whatever the issue may be it is important to call in a professional plumber to seek out and fix the problem, as ignoring these odors not only compromises indoor air quality but can also pose a health risk.

6. Water Leaks

Leaking suspended ceiling

Visible water leaks anywhere in your home, including under sinks, behind appliances, or in the ceiling, demand immediate attention. Even small leaks can cause significant water damage over time, leading to mold growth, structural issues, and costly repairs. A plumber can identify and repair leaks promptly, preventing further damage.

7. Noisy Pipes

Plumbers working on pipes under sink

Banging, rattling, or whistling pipes are not normal and could indicate problems such as water hammer, loose connections, or high water pressure. Water hammer is when there is a sudden stoppage to water flow and causes the pipes to bang against studs, beams, or other pipes resulting in a loud banging noise. Ignoring these sounds can lead to pipe damage or burst pipes, which can lead to further costly water damage. 

If you hear any unusual sounds coming from your pipes, connect with a local certified plumber through RepairFind to assess the situation and implement solutions to quiet your pipes and prevent future issues.

8. No Water

If you go to use the faucet and no water comes out, you most likely have a plumbing issue. There could be an undiscovered blockage or a leak. Unfortunately, not all of your plumbing is visible for you to check out as most of it is behind walls or underneath the house. A plumber can use diagnostic tools to pinpoint exactly where the issue is coming from and get to work quickly to fix the problem.

Addressing plumbing issues early can save you from more extensive damage, costly repairs, and inconvenience down the line. While some minor plumbing tasks can be tackled independently, it’s crucial to know when to call in a professional plumber. 

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Written by

Hannah Cook

Hannah Cook

Freelance Writer