Although there are certain household plumbing issues that can be solved by ourselves, there are many that just need to be solved with the work of a plumber. We have listed the top signs that indicate it is time to call the professional in.
No hot water
Hot water not coming on in a household can be down to a number of faults, such as the thermostat no longer working, a leak in one of the pipes connecting to the boiler, sludge in the system, or most commonly a major fault with your boiler itself. When faced with this problem it is always best to call a professional in as it can be caused by a much more serious problem than just a broken pilot light etc.
Slow or Clogged Drains
Slow or clogged drains that refuse to unclog by the use of drain cleaners etc, can indicate a major problem with your drainage system and if not seen to by a professional can worsen and lead to more serious issues and a hefty bill. Below are a few simple tips to help you avoid this common household problem.
- At least once a week pour boiling hot water down your drains, this helps to dissolve any greasy substances that tend to clog the system.
- Mix a little baking soda & vinegar and pour down the drains in your household once a month. Vinegar contains acetic acid which removes build-up of crude in the system & baking soda is a great cleaning agent that also absorbs foul odors to leave your drains smelling fresh.
- Clean sink stoppers regularly to prevent a build-up of residue.
- Do not flush any items other than toilet tissue down the toilet.
Frozen pipes are normally faced with the possibility of cracking or even bursting, it is most important that once you notice the signs you turn off the water supply using the stop clock followed by turning off any water or central heating appliances and call the plumber in straight away. Once pipe have burst or split you can experience an extremely dangerous and messy problem. It is always best to work fast when placed in this situation. Below are some signs that you have frozen pipes:
- Lack of or no running water
- Frost is showing on the pipework
- Check your outdoor thermometer to check if freezing point of 32 degrees has been reached.
Low water pressure
Low water pressure in your household can be caused by a numerous amount of things obstructing the water lines such as,
- Mineral build up
Check all faucets in your household to determine if the low pressure is located in one area or all over, this makes it easier to explain over the phone to the plumber. Unfortunately Low water pressure is something that can mainly only be solved by a professional themselves. It’s best to not muck about with any of the systems as it may lead to more serious & more expensive problems.