Many homeowners and tenants usually want to handle plumbing emergencies themselves (mostly minor plumbing emergencies) without the help of a drain specialist, or without the help of anyone for that matter. To be able to do handle such emergencies anytime they arise, homeowners and tenants like to have essential plumbing tools.
Being always ready to handle emergencies in the house is very good and it is a good way to save cost and quickly fix problems that could take more time to be fixed if a homeowner always calls a specialist for every emergency. However, a lot of homeowners and renters do not really recognize the difference between minor emergency and major emergency, while some do not know the minor emergency that could in little time transform into a major emergency.
There are plumbing problems that you can easily fix by yourself and there are plumbing problems that you cannot solve by yourself, except if you are a plumber yourself. There are some plumbing problems that seem minor but can get out of hand if you tried to handle them without the help of a professional. So how can you know when to call a drain specialist?
Here are four indicators to tell you if it is the right time to call a drain specialist:
1. Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure happens when the water that used to gush from the tap stops gushing or starts to trickle. The most common cause of low water pressure is the accumulation of deposits on faucet aerators. These deposits are dissolved minerals in water that get attached to the metal surfaces of your pipes. If you do not have a filtration system, they can collect on aerators and impede the flow of water.
When you notice a low water pressure, the first step you should take is to remove the aerator and soak it overnight in vinegar. This is an effective way to dissolve the deposits. However, if the low water pressure continues after you have cleaned the aerators, you need to call a drain expert as soon as possible because the low water pressure could be as a result of a complex issue that could damage your house if care is not taken.
2. Dripping Faucets
A dripping faucet produces an annoying sound and drives your water bill up. It happens as a result of washers becoming stiff, torn or dislodged. You can replace washers yourself, but you must have specialized tools and it is more challenging, especially when the faucet has been dripping for a very long time. Therefore, due to the fact that a dripping faucet is difficult to fix and the fact that some sinks do not have washers, it is advisable to call a drain specialist to fix a dripping faucet.
3. Slow Drain
Slow drains can be fixed with plungers, but if your drain is always slow or clogged and you frequently use plungers, you need to call a drain specialist.
4. Blocked Sewer Line
If you notice water backs up in random places when you use water fixtures, call a drain fixers.