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4 Signs It's Definitely Time to Call a Plumber

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 07 February 2018 15:06

Like most things involving home maintenance, the sooner you respond to the symptoms of a problem, the better your end result. Plumbing issues are no exception. Generally, once the symptoms of a plumbing issue become apparent, the problem has already advanced to the stage where you need to take quick action.

Never ignore these four signs that it’s time to call a plumber. Failure to promptly address these symptoms of an impending plumbing emergency means the potential for added repair costs. It also means the potential for your home to sustain full or partial damage from a pipe burst.

Burst Pipes

When pipes are frozen, a pipe burst is inevitable. This is an SOS that cannot wait, not even for a few minutes. Once a pipe burst occurs, the flooding rapidly consumes your home. Pipe bursts can wreak tens of thousands of dollars in damage in just a few short minutes. When the pipe bursts, water often pours down from the ceiling or through the walls.

Once a pipe bursts, the only way to stop the flow is to turn off the water to the house or building. You should always know how to turn off the water to your home. To help prevent frozen piping, leave bathroom and kitchen cabinets that contain pipes open so that heat flows to the pipes.

Also, let your faucets drip cold water. The slight flow is enough to keep the pipes from freezing. If any of these symptoms manifest themselves during below freezing weather, you need to call a plumber right away. They are the symptoms of frozen pipes.


If your toilet gurgles when flushing or you hear gurgling noises while running your dishwasher or laundry machine, it often indicates a clogged drain. If the noise occurs while using an appliance, stop the machine right away to prevent a backup and call a plumber. If the gurgling occurs while the toilet is not running, then the system has become clogged and is likely to backup. Call a plumber right away because toilet backups cause extreme damage.

Kitchen and Bathroom Sinks Drain Slowly

Clogs are no fun. If your water is draining slowly then you may have a clog somewhere in your pipes. Clogs, though not always an immediate nuisance, will become a bigger problem in the future, especially if the clog is not in an easily accessible area. Anytime your draining is backed up and there is no immediate reason for it, reach out to a professional. Calling a plumber that makes quick house calls, like Bishop Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, Inc., can save you a great deal of time and aggravation.

Low Water Pressure

If there is low water pressure from the faucet, keep an eye on it. Low water pressure can often be a sign of an internal plumbing problem that you can’t immediately see. Try opening the faucet and clean the aerator. This is a quick fix that can save you a lot of hassle. However, if that doesn’t work then reach out to a trained professional.

Plumbing problems should never be ignored. The potential damage is too great. By watching for these four plumbing disaster warning signs, you can save yourself a lot of grief.

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