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If you are like most Tampa, FL homeowners, your plumbing system is often the furthest thing from your mind. As long as the water is coming from the faucets properly and the water goes down the drain as it should, there isn’t much for you to worry about. It isn’t until something goes wrong that you worry and call a professional in plumbing repair. If you want to protect the health of your plumbing system, it is essential that you can recognize the signs that you need a repair, so that you can call a professional.
#1 The Sinks Drain Slowly
Slow drains can be a major hassle. If the water isn’t going down the drains correctly, it can make simple everyday tasks such as washing dishes, taking a shower, and even washing your hands difficult and even impossible. Many homeowners will try to use a liquid drain cleaner to remove the clog, but this isn’t the best idea. These products aren’t guaranteed to remove the clog, and they can cause damage to the inside of the pipes. If your drains are slow, it is best to call for plumbing repair. A plumber can use one of a few different methods to remove the clog completely, which will help the water flow down the drains freely.
#2 Poor Water Pressure
If you notice that suddenly your water pressure is much weaker than it once was, you should call for plumbing repair. The problem could be a small clog in the aerator on the faucet. This type of clog can make it difficult for the water to come out as strong as it should. If the problem is ignored, soon, you will barely be able to get any water out of the faucet.
Some homeowners will try to remove the clog themselves by poking the aerator with a pin. This is a mistake. You could end up doing more harm than good, and if you aren’t careful, all of that poking could cause a leak. It is best to call a professional for plumbing service. They will be able to safely remove the clog without causing damage to your faucet.
#3 Dripping Faucet
If there is a dripping faucet in your Tampa, FL home, it is easy to ignore. After a day or two, you get so used to the dripping sound that you won’t even hear it anymore. While it can be easy to ignore a dripping faucet, it isn’t a good idea. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a faucet that drips at a rate of one drip per second can waste up to gallons of water every year. This equals to around 180 showers per year. Not only will this type of water waste cause your water bill to increase significantly, but it is also bad for the environment. You should call for plumbing repair as soon as you notice that the faucet is leaking.
#4 Gurgling Sounds Coming From the Pipes
When water goes down the drains, it should be relatively quiet. If you hear gurgling sounds instead, you should call for plumbing repair. The gurgling sound is telling you that there is a significant clog in the drain. When the water is forced to change direction to get around the clog, it will make the gurgling sound. If you allow the problem to persist, eventually, the clog will get so large that the water won’t go down the drain at all. Because a complete clog can make life in the home very inconvenient, you should call for plumbing repair as soon as you hear the gurgling sound. A plumber can easily remove the clog, which will quiet the pipes and reduce the chance of a completely clogged drain.
#5 Rusty Water
If you turn on the water in your home, and it comes out rusty, it is a serious issue. Because you cannot bathe in rusty water safely or drink it safely, you won’t be able to use the water until you call for plumbing repair. If the hot and cold water are coming out rusty, the problem is likely due to decaying pipes. If the interior of the pipes is rusting, it will cause the water to come out rusty.
If just the hot water is coming out rusty, the problem is likely with your water heater. Over time, sediment can build up inside the tank, which can cause the water to come out rusty. Your water won’t be safe for use until you call for plumbing repair and have the issue resolved.
#6 No Hot Water
There is nothing more frustrating than getting ready to take a shower only to find that you have no hot water. If you are experiencing this issue, you should call for plumbing repair immediately. The problem likely lies within your water heater, and these types of repairs should not be a DIY project. Water heaters are complicated, and if you make just one mistake, you can end up causing even more damage. A licensed plumber should handle all water heater repairs. If your water heater is still under warranty and you attempt a DIY repair, it could void the warranty. The safest and most effective way to have your water heater repaired is to call a professional. The problem could be with the thermostat or the element, and it would take the knowledge and experience of a professional to figure out what is causing the problem.
If you are experiencing any issues with your home’s plumbing system, you should contact Drain Flo Plumbing, LLC. We have been providing service to customers in Tampa, Brandon, and the surrounding areas since 2008. We understand that plumbing emergencies can arise at any time of the day or night, which is why we offer emergency service. If you have an issue, we won’t make you wait until regular business hours to have the problem repaired. We will send one of our highly trained, licensed plumbers to your home to diagnose the problem and then make the necessary repairs. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today.