When Should I Call a Plumber?

If you’re handy around the house, it might be tempting to think that your ability to unclog a sink in your Philadelphia home makes you the master of your plumbing. In a lot of ways, it can: plumbing issues aren’t always severe enough to require professional help. However, there are cases where you should skip tinkering with it and find a professional to help you fix your problem.

There are visible signs to contact your local plumbers at Economy Drain Cleaning and Plumbing, of course. Everyone’s first thought when their house smells like sewage, or there’s no water at all is probably to find the nearest available plumber to fix the problem. But there are some more subtle issues that you might want to think twice about before tinkering with:

A Sweating Water Heater

If you’re working around your basement and find that a damp patch is slowly emanating from your water heater, it might be worth investing in a professional inspection. The reason? There’s likely a leak in one of the connections. If left untreated, there’s a real possibility that a minor leak in one of the pipes will lead to one more significant, rendering your water heater ineffective. An experienced plumber will know where to look and how to assess which pipe needs to be replaced so that your water heater can continue to give you years of service.

Inconsistent Pressure

If the pressure on your showerhead is becoming slower over time, that’s natural and requires only a bit of cleaning to knock away the mineral buildup that’s reducing the flow. However, if your shower head – or any other water source for that matter – has inconsistent water pressure even after you’ve cleaned all the aerators and tried to knock away any stray sediment, then it’s worth calling a plumber to investigate. There might be issues with the flow of water into your home’s system, or something else might be disrupting your home’s plumbing. The following infographic provides more insight into what may be the cause:

Corrosion

Corrosion may seem like a simple issue, or even a feature of the plumbing system to begin with. However, it’s a sign that leaks have started to spring up, with water eating away at the pipes. At first, it might be tempting to try to fix it yourself by replacing the pipes. However, the reason you’ll want to find a plumber is that a professional will have a better idea of how to test for things like hairline cracks in the pipe as well as any issues with the rest of the water system that might be contributing to the corrosion.

If you’re dealing with a clogged drain line in your Philadelphia home, or have questions about other issues you shouldn’t risk handling yourself, call the Economy Drain Cleaning & Plumbing team today!

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