The Top 10 Signs It’s Time to Call a Plumber

It’s never a welcome sight when something goes wrong inside your pipes. Sure, you could try to fix it yourself, but without a trained eye and the right tools, you might end up making the problem worse — and more expensive to fix.

But when you turn to skilled professionals, you’re ensured a quick and reliable solution to your problems so you can focus on enjoying the comforts of your home.

Here’s a couple warning signs that it might be time to give a plumber a call:

Sign No. 1: You Have Low Water Pressure

Are you spending just a little too much time trying to get clean in the shower? It might be a sign that your water pressure is low.

Having inadequate water pressure can seriously affect your day to day operations: washing dishes, flushing the toilet, taking a shower, rinsing your hands, watering the plants… the list goes on and on, and having low pressure is going to make each of these so much more frustrating — and it’ll also drive up your water bill.

Sign No. 2: The Faucet is On, But No Water Comes Out

When you turn on the faucet and no water comes out, “Did I forget to pay the water bill?” is probably the first thing to come to mind.

But more likely than not, you’ve found yourself in the midst of a serious plumbing issue.

Since the majority of your plumbing is concealed within the walls of your home and underground, it’s tricky to find out whether or not the issue stems from a leak, a blockage, or a plethora of other potentials — but plumbers have all the right tools and technologies to safely, securely, and accurately identify the issue and where it’s coming from.

Sign No. 3: Your Water Backflows

Let’s be honest — the inside of your pipes do NOT smell good, and when water flows back the wrong way, it’s going to make your whole house smell the same.

Not only will this cause a huge mess but backflow can also contaminate your potable water sources, meaning this is one of the most serious and costly (both monetarily and healthwise) plumbing issues you can have.

Sign No. 4: Your Sink/Shower/Etc. Doesn’t Drain

This one is more of an annoyance than a health risk, but really, who wants to shower standing in a pool of filthy water?

If your sink or shower doesn’t drain effectively, it might be a sign that there’s something sinister at work inside your pipes. Whether it’s hair, product buildup, or food waste, leaving the problem alone will only cause you more strife.

Without the right tools and know-how, going the DIY route can make the problem even worse, shoving the clog further down the drain — and you further away from a safe and happy home.

Sign No. 5: You Hear a Gurgling Noise When You Run the Water

When you hear a gurgling noise from your toilet or shower, it’s basically like your draining system is gasping for air. The harder your system has to push to get what it needs, the more likely it is that a future — and more costly — problem is going to arise.

Sign No. 6: You Have No Hot Water

There’s nothing better than a warm, hot shower — but when you step in and feel nothing but an ice-cold stream, it’s going to put a damper on your day.

This could be the result of a failed water heater, an issue with your overall water system, and more. This type of fix absolutely must be left up to the professionals, especially as these systems are often tied to gas and electrical components.

Sign No. 7: You Have a Burst Pipe

If you were around Texas for the Great Snowpocalypse of 2021 — or if you’re someone who’s weathered a cold winter — you know that a burst pipe is no laughing matter.

Particularly in colder months, your pipes may burst when the water inside them freezes and expands. This can lead to serious property damage, flooding, and costly water bills.

Sign No. 8: Your Toilet is Running

If your toilet is running, well… you better go catch it!

On a more serious note, if you flushed your toilet and it’s still running 3 hours later, it’s a sign that something is wrong. Most likely, you’re having an issue with the seal that connects your toilet tank to the bowl. When the seal is damaged, water continuously flows in, which signals the tank to refill over and over again.

If water is constantly flowing into your tank, your water bill will skyrocket — but a plumber will be able to fix the problem quickly and efficiently.

Sign No. 9: Your Basement or Cellar is Damp

Do your socks get wet every time you take a trip down below ground?

It might be a result of faulty insulation, but it could also be a telltale sign of a leak.

Rather than waiting for the issue to make itself more clear, give a plumber a call, and they’ll be able to tell what the problem is, where it originates, and then fix it.

Sign No. 10: You’re Installing New Appliances

If you’re trying to install new appliances all by yourself without the right tools and expertise, then any number of the above issues can arise. 

Rather than waste your time now and your money later by trying to install things yourself, leave it up to the professionals, and take a moment to sit back and relax instead.