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When is it Time to Hire a Plumber?

Many homeowner have adopted a DIY ethos to develop new skills and save money on projects around their homes. This is a laudable goal, but there are times when a professional is required to fix a serious problem. Attempting a plumbing repair without the right skills, experience, and tools is a great way to make the problem far worse. But, when is it time to call your local certified plumber for professional assistance? The Drains Have Slowed Sometimes drains become clogged, leading to slow draining water and unpleasant odors that seem to linger around your home. There are methods that you can attempt to clear the clog yourself, but some drain clogs are persistent. Perhaps you can clear the clog, but it continues to return periodically, leading to the same problems? Some clog causes are obvious such as trapped chicken bone in the kitchen sink. But, other clog causes are less obvious, and they may be a sign of a serious underlying issue that needs to be fixed professionally. Water Pressure Changes Taking a shower is one of those little luxuries that we take for granted each day. But, when the water pressure changes at a rapid pace, it can totally ruin the showering experience. Perhaps the water pressure changes when your neighbors are running their showers at the same time or if a nearby plumbing fixture is used? These are common issues in rowhomes that are located in close proximity to one another. Get your local certified plumber to check your water pressure, and they can restore it to normal. Constantly Dripping Faucets If you have a faucet dripping in your home, it can be a frustrating experience, and it may even keep you awake at night. This is a total waste of water, and that drip could be wasting as much as 8 gallons per day! It’s pretty easy to replace a worn out faucet washer, and in many cases, that will fix the problem immediately. But, perhaps the dripping continues, and it is occurring at more than one faucet at the same time? This is a sure sign that there is an underlying problem that needs a professional touch. Dirty Water from Your Fixtures If you have a main water break in your area due to cold temperatures, you may see muddy or cloudy water coming from your faucets and showerheads. If that water has an unpleasant odor or a very strange color such as diary brown or even green, don’t use it. The water will be contaminated, and it should not be used for any purpose in your home. There are a number of reasons why this might occur, and a certified plumber should be hired to find the cause and fix it for you. If you have been affected by any of the issues discussed in this article, contact your local certified plumber. They have the skill, knowledge, and specialized tools to locate the source of the problem, and then you can discuss your options. By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solution.