When Should You Call a Plumber? What to Consider

It’s 3:00 am and you can’t sleep. You’re tossing and turning because no matter how you’re positioned, you can’t dampen the sound of the running toilet down the hall.

Obviously, this needs to be fixed at some point. Not only are you losing sleep, but it’s also wasting water! But should you DIY this fix or do you need to call a plumber?

This is but just one scenario where you might be unsure about what to do.

So when exactly should you hire a pro for the job? Read on to find out!

A Huge Leak

If there’s water flooding into your house, you definitely need to call a plumber! But before you do so, find your cut-off valves or the main water shut-off valve to turn off the water. That way, you’ll prevent further water damage from happening.

This usually happens due to a burst pipe, which will require the touch of an expert.

There’s No Water at All

On the other hand, if there’s not a drop of water, this is a problem as well.

Of course, you should first check if it’s both hot and cold water that’s gone. If your water heater is out, then you’ll have just cold water. In this case, you’ll still need to call a plumber.

If all water is out in your house, this can indicate a very serious problem. There might be a leak around your water meter or the buried water pipe that comes from the meter might even have burst.

Only a plumber could tell, so you need to contact a plumber pronto.

You Smell Gas or Sewage

Smelling gas in any circumstance warrants a call to a professional who can locate the source and fix it. This is definitely not a time to think, “plumber or DIY?”

Not only can a gas leak happen in your kitchen, but it might also happen at your gas water heater. It can mean several things, such as a broken thermocouple or leaks in the pipes or couplings.

A smell of sewage isn’t as serious, but it’s still a pretty big deal. It’s usually caused by a blocked or broken sewer line and you’ll often also see water backing up with wastewater.

Some more talented homeowners can attempt to replace the sewer line themselves, but it’s not recommended. Not only does it take a lot of knowledge, but also time and work. A professional plumber can locate and repair the blocked line in a fraction of the time it’d take you to do it.

Call a Plumber When Necessary

We understand that you won’t want to call a plumber for every single little problem. If you did, you’d probably be broke!

So with this article, we hope you now have a better understanding of when you should give a professional a call rather than try and DIY it yourself. Not only can this help you save some time, but also some money in the long run.

Need to hire a plumber for a pressing issue? Then contact us now! We offer free in-home no-obligation estimates.