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5 Plumbing Issues That Require Calling in a Professional

By Teri Dormer

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If your first year as a homeowner will teach you anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. 

When you can’t call your landlord or the maintenance crew to come in and make repairs the moment something goes wrong, you’ll quickly learn that the cost of maintaining your home can add up.

Nowhere is that truer than with house plumbing and its potential for water damage in your house. 

While you might be able to learn plenty of plumbing basics online, there are some plumbing issues that might only get worse if you try to repair them yourself. Before putting on your DIY hard hat, consider calling in the pros if one of these five issues crops up. 

1. Water With A Strange Smell 

Clean water doesn’t have a smell, so if you start to notice a foul odor coming from your faucets, you’ll have a pretty clear sign that something could be seriously wrong. 

There are two common issues that can trigger rancid smelling water in your home: drain issues and sewage backup.

If there’s ever a chance that sewage is involved in your plumbing issues, your first call should be to a professional. Sewage backups typically have a stronger smell than a clogged drain and can signal that you’re dealing with toxic and hazardous waste. 

2. The Illusive Leak 

When you have water building up, especially around the toilet or sinks, but you aren’t sure where the leak is coming from, your best bet is to call in a pro. 

In some cases, the buildup of water in the kitchen or bathroom can be an early indication that something is going seriously wrong with your home’s plumbing system.

If something hasn’t been installed properly, like a toilet or faucet, you could have water running without realizing it, causing damage and costing you money simultaneously.  

3. A Main Sewer Line Clog 

There’s nothing wrong with taking care of a clogged drain or toilet on your own, but a main sewer line clog should only be addressed by an expert. 

Like rancid odors, plumbing issues that involve sewage or your main sewer line can mean coming into contact with hazardous and dangerous waste. No matter how much you think you understand about your house plumbing, leave sewage handling to the trained professionals. 

4. Recurring Plumbing Issues 

Some plumbing repairs you’ll be able to take care of on your own. In fact, the more you learn about home improvement, the more likely it is that you’ll see the signs of damage before it’s too late. 

On the other hand, if you try fixing a clog on your own and the water keeps building up, it’s probably time to call for help.

When it comes to water damage, what you see isn’t always what you get, and a reoccurring leak or clog can be an indication of something more serious you aren’t catching. Before the leak can escalate into a very expensive disaster, consider calling for a professional estimate instead.

5. Slow Draining 

A clogged drain might seem like an easy fix, but the reality is a back up in your pipes could be causing serious damage. If you try some of the basic house plumbing solutions to help clear a clogged drain and that doesn’t do the trick, don’t hesitate to call in a specialist who will be better equipped to identify the full source of the issue. 

When You Need Plumbing Services 

Being a savvy homeowner doesn’t mean being able to manage all of the upkeep yourself. Being a savvy homeowner means knowing what you can handle and calling in an expert to manage the rest. 

How far your homeowners insurance will go to cover water damage in your home depends on the cause of the issue and, sometimes, how quickly you responded to the signs of damage.

When in doubt, calling a professional could help save you money in the long run if things are more serious than they seem on the surface.