5 plumbing things to never wait to fix
Much like the rule of compounding interest, leaving leaks and plumbing issues to their own devices can lead to drastic returns, but rather than racking up dollars, plumbing issues almost certainly return loads of water, cost, and annoyance. Trying to decipher the best time to call a plumber for an issue sooner rather than later can be tricky. Fortunately, some of the bigger plumbing issues are easier to spot, meaning you can be prepared should the need ever arise to tackle them. These are 5 home plumbing issues that you do not want to wait to fix:
Pooling & Flooding
Anytime there is standing water should be a cause for concern. If there is water pooling on the floor or carpet in your home, there is a strong chance that a major water line has burst, and water is collecting beneath the floor, and flowing upward. While the pooled water in your home is an issue in and of itself, there is also a reasonable concern that there is additional property damage from the leak.
Water Heater Leaking
Much like the pooling issue, if there is water collecting below the hot water heater, then it is likely that the hot water heater is leaking. With or without a noticeable drop in the available hot water, this is an issue that should be fixed as soon as possible, namely because a leaking water heater can quickly become a water heater releasing the full contents of its tank all over the basement.
Running or Overflowing Toilets
A continuously running toilet may not seem like such a big deal, but once the water bill comes through, that attitude is likely to change. On the other end of the toilet issue spectrum, an actively overflowing toilet is one of the more obvious issues that demand an immediate fix to ensure that black water and sewage do not end up damaging your property.
Sewage Smells & Clogs
To further expand on the overflowing issue — any indication that there is a sewage back-up or clog is a cause for immediate repair. This is generally a sign that there is either a massive blockage in the pipe, or the sewer line itself is leaking. Sometimes, the first sign of trouble for this is the odious raw sewage smell. Whatever the tip-off may be, the presence of sewage pooling, or clogging, within the home is a health issue. Make sure to get these issues remedied ASAP before they lead to problems with your health.
Main Shut Off Valve Issues
If the main shut off valve for your home is having trouble or leaking, this needs to be addressed. While it may not be a drastic problem at the moment, it can lead to scenarios where the main shut off valve is unable to fulfill its duty of shutting off the water supply through your home, leading to a last-ditch phone call to the city to get the water shut off to your home. Rather than going through that hassle, take care of the minor issues upfront.
While all of these issues require immediate fixes, they are not the only issues that do. If you ever have a question about the severity of an issue, it’s always better to be cautious, and call in a professional to survey the extent of the damage. If you find yourself in a jam, either wondering if you need a plumber or just have a question for a plumber, consider asking Duane Blanton Plumbing. The plumbing professionals at Duane Blanton are prepared for your questions, and at the ready to address any issue. Give them a call at (815) 781-2567, or reach out online through the online scheduling portal today!
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