When you have plumbing issues, you may simply reach for a plunger and force the clog down the drain. Most of the time, this is the only tool you need. However, there are some issues when it is necessary to call the big guns.
A Hidden Leak
Perhaps you have noticed an unpleasant odor, but you cannot pinpoint the source. Mold may grow practically anywhere, but it needs moisture or it will die. If you see or smell mold, you need to determine where the moisture is coming from. Finding a leaky pipe can be a challenge, but a professional may be able to use a hydrostatic test pump to determine whether a pipe is intact.
If the hydrostatic testing shows that a section of pipe is indeed leaking, a miniature video camera can be sent down the lines to see where the leak is. If the leak is in an outdoor drain, the cause may be tree roots.
The Sewer Backs Up
If your plunger couldn’t clear the toilet and sewage backs up and overflows, you know it’s time to get professional help. Not only does it create a big mess, but the black water often associated with sewage can cause serious health issues. You will want to turn off your water main immediately and call a plumber.
Your Water Valve Doesn’t Shut Off
If you are in the middle of remodeling your house, you may turn your water main off so you can make some minor plumbing repairs or to install a new sink. However, if the water doesn’t turn off completely, you could be at risk for a flood. You need to get it off completely as soon as possible.
No Hot Water for Your Shower
If you’ve ever been in the middle of a lovely hot shower when it suddenly becomes cold, you may have a leaky or faulty water heater. Hopefully, it will only take a small repair, but if your old water heater is rusted all the way through, it may be time to get a new one. Otherwise, you’ll be heating pots of water on the stove to add to your next bubble bath.
No matter the emergency, water is an important part of your life and you need it to work for you. Having the number of a good plumber on hand is a must, whether or not you ever have to use it. Being prepared is half the battle.