When Should I Call a Plumber?

Sometimes, you’ve got to call a professional, other times, you just need some basic tools and a little elbow grease. But how do you know when you need to call a plumber and when you don’t?

Common Plumbing Problems

In the Kalamazoo, MI area, the most common plumbing problems are:

  • Leaking faucets
  • Burst pipes
  • Water heater issues
  • Clogged drains
  • Injector pipe issues
  • Low water pressure
  • Septic tank leaks or back flows

If you’re going to tackle these problems by yourself, you may be opening pandora’s box. It’s always best to have a certified Kalamazoo, MI plumber’s number nearby in case the job becomes too big.

Leaky Pipes

A leak may start out as a nuisance but can quickly cause permanent damage. Water seeping into flooring or being absorbed by drywall can quickly start the growth of mold, cause discoloration, and even result in floors falling out; the ultimate catastrophe.

Check your pipes regularly. About every six months or so. Leaks are usually found near joints. If you do find a joint that’s leaking, you may be able to replace it at your local hardware store. Make sure you bring the piece with you so that you know you’re buying the right part.

In the southwest Michigan area, leaking pipes often happen after water has frozen in pipes and caused a crack in piece of piping. If this happens, you’ll want to call a plumber to custom cut the new piece of pipe and make sure that it is properly installed.  You’ll also want to have a complete line inspection done at this point to see if there are any other potential trouble spots that need to be addressed.

Clogged Drains

Many readily available tools are there to fix a clogged drain. Plungers use air pressure to dislodge a clog but cannot remove it. Commercial liquids are safe for occasional use but if you’re constantly fighting a clogged or slow draining problem, you’re going to want to call a licensed plumber.

Petro Pro Tip: drain guards or screens are a great preventative measure in fixing clogged drains.

Water Heater Issues

In 99% of water heater issues, you’re going to want to call a plumber from Kalamazoo, MI. Since water heaters use gas or electricity to heat water for your home, the risk is increased and you’re now dealing with two different supply routes. If it’s just a pilot light that’s out (which you can easily diagnose by locating the pilot light) you can safely relight it. However, if you smell gas at all, start ventilating the area and call a certified plumber RIGHT AWAY.

If you’re not getting hot water, the quicker the problem is resolved, the more comfortable you’ll be. Pick up the phone and let the job be taken care of by a professional.

Low Water Pressure

If you’re getting a trickle where you should be seeing a tidal wave, you’ve got low water pressure. The most common cause of this is a clogged aerator. Water carries minerals that deposit themselves on aerator screens in shower heads, faucets, and inside pipes. Most of the time, simply unscrewing the aerator screen and soaking it in vinegar will remove calcium and return the water pressure and the properly aerated flow.

However, if you do see a sudden and significant drop in water pressure, you’re going to want to call a Kalamazoo, MI certified plumber right away. Leaks in pipes can cause major infrastructure damage to your home. This is an emergency situation and you’ll need a professional to help you ASAP.

Septic Tank Issues

Call a plumber right away. Septic tank issues are not only a health hazard but will significantly damage your home in short manner.

Petro Pro Tip: Always remember to turn off the main water supply whenever doing any type of plumbing work in your home. Also, dress to get wet. Most of the time, these jobs can turn nasty and wet in a hurry.