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The plumbing system in your home is one of its most essential systems. If your plumbing system is not functioning properly, you won’t have clean water coming into the house, and the waste and water won’t be removed from the house.
Because your plumbing system is so essential for your everyday life, it is important that you are about to recognize the signs that you need to call for plumbing service. If you allow a plumbing problem to persist, a small issue can easily become a major one.
#1 Slow or Clogged Drains
If the water goes down the drain very slowly or if it doesn’t go down at all, you should not try to repair the problem yourself. Many homeowners will try using a liquid drain cleaner to remove the clog. If the drain is completely clogged and the water won’t go down, these products are completely useless. Even if the drain cleaner does go down the drain, there is no guarantee that it will remove the clog. Also, the harsh chemicals in liquid drain cleaners can be very harmful to your pipes.
You can try to use a drain snake to remove the clog, but if you don’t know what you are doing, you won’t reach the clog, or you can puncture one of the pipes.
The best way to treat a slow or clogged drain is to call for plumbing service. A licensed plumber will be able to remove the entire clog safely.
#2 Dripping Faucet
If you are like many local homeowners, you don’t worry too much if you have a dripping faucet. After the first day or two, you may not even notice the sound anymore. While it may not seem like a major issue, you should never ignore a dripping faucet and should call for plumbing service immediately.
If the faucet is dripping, it is a sign that there is something wrong with the faucet that needs to be repaired. Also, a dripping faucet wastes more money than you think. Over the course of a year, a dripping faucet can waste 3,000 gallons of water, which is enough water for 180 showers. Wasting this much water is bad for the environment, and it can cause your water bill to increase significantly. If you want to keep your water bill down, you should call for plumbing service as soon as you notice that your faucet is leaking.
#3 Running Toilet
If the toilet in your home is constantly running, it is just as concerning as if your faucets are dripping. If the toilet is functioning properly, it will run after you flush until the tank is full. When the tank has filled with water, the toilet should stop running. If it doesn’t, it is time to call for plumbing service. There are a couple of reasons why your toilet is constantly running. The plunger that keeps the toilet from running could be damaged, or the tank’s seal could be failing.
If you allow your toilet to keep running, you can waste up to 26 gallons of water per day. This can cause a significant spike in your water bill. The sooner you call for a plumbing professional; the less water will be wasted.
#4 Rusty Water
When you turn on the water in your Atlanta, GA house, it should come out clean and clear. If the water is coming out with a brown tint, it is rust. If your hot and cold water is coming out rusty, the inside of the pipes is likely corroded. If just the hot water is rusty, it likely means that the inside of your water heater tank is corroded. Either way, you should call for plumbing service immediately.
It is not safe to bathe in rusty water. It also isn’t safe to drink it or cook with it. This is why it is essential that you call for a plumber as soon as you notice the problem. The sooner you have a plumber repair the issue, the sooner your water will be safe for use.
#5 Water Heater Issues
The water heater in your home is one of its most essential appliances. Without hot water, you cannot take a shower, wash your dishes, do your laundry, and perform simple everyday tasks. There are a few water heater issues that would require immediate plumbing help. These include:
- No hot water
- Not enough hot water
- Strange sounds coming from the water heater
- Rusty hot water
- Leaks around the water heater
If any of these problems are ignored, it can result in a complete water heater breakdown or a major flood in your home.
#6 Frozen Pipes
Winter nights in Atlanta, GA, can get very cold. It is not uncommon for the temperature to drop below freezing in December, January, and February. If it is especially cold outside and the water is not coming out of the faucet, the pipes are probably frozen, and you should call for plumbing service immediately.
When your pipes freeze, the ice expands, which can cause the pipes to burst. If this happens, it will cause a major flood in your home. A licensed plumber will know the fastest and safest way to thaw out the pipes to prevent any serious damage. This is considered an emergency situation, and you should call for plumbing service immediately.
If you are experiencing any issues with your plumbing system, contact Peach Plumbing & Drain for plumbing professionals. We have been serving local customers and the surrounding areas for many years. Our plumbers have 72 years of combined experience, which should give you peace of mind that we will get the job done right the first time.
At Peach Plumbing & Drain, we understand that plumbing issues can arise at the most inconvenient time of the day or night. This is why we offer emergency service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To schedule an appointment for plumbing service, give us a call today.