Most of us don’t spend much time thinking about our plumbing – until something goes wrong. But with the average American using 100 gallons of water every day in the home, there’s good reason to make sure your plumbing is working properly. And while the DIY route can be a good option depending on the project, some things should really be left to the experts. Here are seven signs it’s time to call a plumber, like the certified professionals here at River City Plumbing, for your Reno home.
No Hot Water
You may run out of hot water if the kids all take turns hopping in the shower, but if you’re waiting a few hours for your water heater to make more, that’s a problem. A good plumber will be able to identity the reason you never seem to have enough hot water and offer a remedy. Maybe it’s the size of your tank. Maybe fluctuating temperatures are a component issue. Either way, no one likes a freezing shower, particularly as we move into cooler months, so it’s worth having your water heater checked.
Sweating Water Heater
Dampness around your water heater is a good indicator that you have a slow, steady leak. Cracks in piping result in small leaks that will become big problems if they aren’t remedied early. Catching them early often means an inexpensive, easy fix. Other warning signs include rusty spots or corrosion on the heater or surrounding pipes, or larger puddles in the drip pan or general vicinity. A good plumber will conduct an inspection to figure out the issue.
Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure can be the result of simple, isolated issues from something like a clogged aerator – great for a DIY repair. But if you’re noticing low water pressure in more than one sink, you may be dealing with something bigger, like a cracked or broken pipe. If that’s the case, there’s a big leak every time you use water anywhere in the house. Underground inspections from River City Plumbing can quickly and easily verify this kind of problem.
Slow Moving Drains
This is another potential DIY repair. But if you’re routinely reaching for the plunger for a drain that’s always backing up, it’s a good idea to bring in a plumber. Our underground inspections give us a look deep into your plumbing system so we can identify any culprits behind chronic problems.
Dripping faucets may seem like a minor annoyance, but they’re wasting a surprising amount of water – and it’s costing you money. If you can’t figure out how to fix the leak yourself, or it’s been on your to-do list since last spring, a professional plumber will get it sorted out.
Overflowing or Constantly Running Toilet
Sometimes it’s easy to pinpoint the reason your toilet is overflowing, particularly if you have small children. But if you’re repeatedly dealing with an overflowing toilet, and you know the kids aren’t to blame, call in the pros. Blockages in the toilet aren’t always solved with a plunger, and a good plumber will be able to unclog yours, identify the issue, and keep it from happening again.
Noticing unpleasant odors in a bathroom or the house as a whole? Clogs and backups can release sewer smells into your home, but there are a surprising number of problems that can have the same effect. Talk a walk around your home and property to see if you can pinpoint where the odor is strongest. Then call in a plumber.
In Reno and Sparks, River City Plumbing offers experienced, professional plumbing services when you need them most. Contact our team today for these or any problem problem.