What to do Before Calling a Plumber

Clogged drains are a common reason to call a plumber, but you can often unclog them yourself. Start by using a plunger to create a good seal and put pressure on the blockage. If that doesn't work, you can check the trap under the sink. Turn off the water and place a bucket under the pipes to collect any remaining water.

Loosen the couplings and clean the drain, but avoid using drain cleaners as they can be dangerous and damage your pipes. If you're equipped, you can also try snaking the drain. Something else plumbers wish every homeowner knew is where the main pipe shut-off valve is located. This way, you can stop a leak right away and wait for the plumber to fix the source of the problem.

A clogged drain is usually a simple problem with simple solutions, so it's unlikely to make things worse no matter what you do. Leaking faucets are a bigger problem than clogged drains, but they're also easy to fix with just a few tools. Remember to turn off the water supply before starting and look online for instructions on how to fix a faucet. You may be able to do this repair yourself without much difficulty.

Low water pressure throughout your home could be due to several factors that can't be easily determined. Blockages in water lines can cause low water pressure, as can low water pressure from the city supply or from your well. A licensed plumber will be able to assess the situation and determine the best course of action. No hot water in your home could be caused by many different water heater problems.

Because hot water is necessary for showers, bathrooms, and general cleanliness and hygiene, it's best to call a plumber to fix this problem quickly. Toilets that work constantly waste water and are incredibly annoying. Usually, when this happens, the lid at the bottom of the toilet cistern does not close tightly. If you move the handle, it should stop working because you close the lid.

Leaking faucets also waste water and are usually something that can be fixed independently of a plumber. Frozen pipes, major leaks, traffic jams, water main problems, and more can cause you to lose water. You should call a plumber quickly if your water supply has been cut off or if it's leaking somewhere else.

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