The plumbing system in your Keller, TX home is essential to your daily life. If there’s a problem with any part of your plumbing system, it can be a major inconvenience and prevent you from performing everyday tasks.
Some handy homeowners will attempt a DIY plumbing repair; however, this isn’t a good idea. It takes thousands of hours of professional training to diagnose and repair plumbing problems, and if you aren’t a professional, mistakes can be made that can make the problem worse or cause a leak in your home.
If your plumbing system experiences any of the following problems, it’s best to leave the job to a licensed plumber.
#1 Drain Clogs
When you run the water in your home, it should flow freely down the drain. If the water drains slowly or not at all, you should call a professional.
When grease, food, hair, and soap scum build up in the drainpipe, it can prevent the water from draining correctly. Many homeowners will try a liquid drain cleaner to remove the clog in hopes of saving money, but this isn’t the best idea. You can’t be sure if the drain cleaner removed the entire clog, and if it hasn’t, it won’t be long before the water starts flowing slowly down the drain. If the drain is clogged completely, the drain cleaner won’t reach the clog and will be ineffective.
It’s best to call a plumber to resolve drain issues. They can use a drain camera to inspect the pipe to find the clog’s location, helping remove the entire clog and allowing the water to flow freely down the drain.
A plumbing leak in your home is a serious problem. Leaks can cause significant water damage and mold growth and waste a considerable amount of water, causing your water bills to increase. The only way to prevent these problems is by calling a licensed plumber right away.
Some leaks are easy to detect, such as a leak under the sink, because you will see standing water when you open the bathroom vanity or kitchen cabinet. However, some leaks aren’t as easy to detect, such as a leak behind the wall or under the house.
A licensed plumber can use leak detection equipment to find the leak’s location, allowing them to make the repair quickly, protecting your home and bank account.
#3 Water Heater Issues
The water heater in your home is considered an appliance but is essential to your plumbing system. The water coming into the home fills the water tank and heats and stores the water. Water heater issues can affect the temperature of the hot water and can prevent you from using the hot water; therefore, if the unit experiences any of the following problems, you should hire a professional immediately.
- You have no hot water.
- The water doesn’t get hotter than lukewarm.
- You run out of hot water often.
- Rust-colored hot water
- Poor hot water pressure
- Strange sounds are coming from the unit.
- Moisture or leaks around the unit
Your water heater is a complex appliance; therefore, DIY repairs aren’t recommended. One simple mistake can result in further issues and void the warranty; therefore, it’s best to hire a professional.
A licensed professional can inspect the water heater to troubleshoot the problem to make the necessary repair. If the water heater has reached the end of its lifespan or the issue cannot be repaired, the plumber can replace the unit for you.
#4 Clogged Toilet
It’s normal for a toilet to clog occasionally. When too much toilet paper and waste are flushed, the toilet can be clogged. In many cases, plunging the toilet will break up the clog enough that it can be flushed.
If the clog is too large, solid, or located too far down the drainpipe the plunger won’t be effective, and you’ll have to hire a professional. You won’t be able to use the toilet until the clog is removed, which can be frustrating, especially if you only have one bathroom in your home.
A licensed professional has the tools necessary to reach the clog and break it up enough that you can flush the toilet. If they can’t reach the clog through the toilet, the plumber will need to remove the toilet to get to the clog.
#5 Brown or Rust-Colored Water
The water coming from the taps in your Keller, TX home should be clean and clear. If you turn on the water and it’s brown or rust-colored, you should hire a professional as soon as possible.
If it’s just the hot water that’s discolored, the problem lies with the water heater. When sediment forms in the tank, it can break apart and contaminate the water. If the unit is over ten years old, the inside of the tank could be breaking down, causing tiny metal shards and sediment to contaminate the water, requiring a replacement.
If the hot and cold water is discolored, the problem is with the pipes. As the pipes age, they can start to corrode and rust, contaminating the water.
A plumber can figure out what is causing the contamination and make the necessary repair.
#6 Frozen Pipes
In Keller, TX, winter days are relatively mild, with temperatures in the high 50s and low 60s. However, the temperature drops at night and often drops below freezing, causing your pipes to freeze, and preventing water from flowing from the taps.
If you try to turn on the water on a freezing night and nothing comes out, call a licensed plumber. You don’t want to wait too long to make the call because when the pipes freeze, the water inside expands and can cause the pipes to burst, resulting in a significant flood in your home.
A professional can thaw the pipes quickly to keep them from bursting and can wrap the pipes in heat tape to prevent them from freezing again.
Call Tioga Contractors Today
If you have a plumbing issue in your home, call Tioga Contractors. We are a full-service plumbing company serving customers in the Dallas Fort Worth area since 1953.
Our plumbers are professionally trained and have the knowledge, experience, and skill to handle any plumbing job. They are also required to pass a background check and drug test before they’re hired to ensure the safety of our customers.
When you hire a plumber, they will arrive at your home in a fully-stocked truck, allowing them to make most repairs the same day.
To schedule an appointment for plumbing service, give us a call today.
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