At some point in anyone’s life, you learn to do a few plumbing repairs. Most people can plunge into a toilet or change a shower head when the need arises. However, there are also many plumbing situations where you should or must call a professional plumbing service instead.

These situations often involve clogs or leaks that extend deep into your home’s plumbing system or problems so serious that household methods are ineffective. Knowing when to call your plumber to get your home’s pipes and drains safely back into working order is important.

Why a DIY Fix Isn’t Feasible

There are some things that every resident can DIY and should do when the need arises. Many plumbing issues cannot be reached by household tools or accurately diagnosed without professional training.

Problems with your water access, pipes behind your walls, and connections to city utilities are not feasible DIY projects, no matter how handy a household may be. Calling a professional plumbing service like DC Family Plumbing is the next logical step in these cases and whenever you have reached your troubleshooting abilities.

When to Call a Plumber

Access to fresh water, hot water, and clear drains are all part of your essential quality of life. Some problems are typically easy to solve. But if you see the following signs, know when to call a plumber before it impacts the quality of life in your home.

Slow-Draining Sinks & Showers

A slow-draining sink or shower indicates a clog where they are less common. If you cannot immediately pull up a clump of hair or food debris, the clog may be below the house and too deep for household tools to reach or plunge. Call a professional for drain cleaning services if your sinks or showers are draining at a dysfunctional slow rate that you cannot resolve.

Back-Flowing Drains

Back-flowing drains mean there is a deep clog in your sewer line, or it can result from local flooding due to bad weather. When this happens, no household solutions can solve the problem. The moment your drains start pushing wastewater back up the pipes, call a plumber immediately. Back-flowing drains can be a serious health hazard and should never go untreated.

Constantly Running Toilet

When your toilet is constantly running, there is something wrong with the internal mechanism. The mechanism inside your toilet tank is surprisingly complex. If it is not fixed simply by rattling each piece into position, you may need a professional plumber from DC Family Plumbing to rebuild the tank system.

Hot Water is Not Getting Hot

Hot water is an important part of your quality of life. If your water never gets hot, your water heater must be flushed, descaled, and inspected by one of the professionals at DC Family Plumbing. Flushing and descaling remove debris that can coat the heating coils of your water heater over time. An inspection will reveal if damaged components are reducing your water heater efficiency. 

Your Toilet Keeps Overflowing

A toilet that overflows is a toilet that runs without draining. Some toilet clogs are able to be fixed with a few quick plunges or a few minutes of focused plunging. But if that doesn’t work, you may need professional drain cleaning to remove a deeper clog below the house.

You Smell Sewage

The smell of sewage means that your drains are not working correctly. Your drains should clear, not back up, and there should be a water trap between you and the sewer line. If any of these are inaccurate and you start to smell sewage, your family’s health may be in danger.

Your Faucet is Dripping

A dripping faucet is not just maddening. It also costs money as water drips through your meter. If the drip doesn’t stop, call your plumber for leaky faucet repair to save your sanity and water bill.

Choose a Plumber You Can Trust

You don’t want to end up having leaks when you need your sink, toilet, or shower the most. If you are looking for a family plumber that can handle anything your plumbing can manifest, you can count on DC Family Plumbing. Contact us today for a consultation and fast, skilled household plumbing services.

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