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The plumbing system in your Arlington, TX home is very essential. It is made up of two systems. The first is the water delivery system, which is responsible for bringing clean, clear water into your home. The second part is the drainage system. This system is responsible for removing water and waste from the home. If either system isn’t functioning properly, it can make life in your home difficult and inconvenient.
Some homeowners will attempt plumbing repairs on their own, but this is a mistake. If you don’t know what you are doing, you could end up causing more harm than good. You can also get stuck in the middle of the project, which could leave you without running water until you can get a licensed plumber to your home to clean up your mess. It is always best to hire a plumber first.
If you are dealing with any of the issues listed below, it is best to call a licensed plumber immediately.
#1 Poor Water Pressure
The water pressure in your home needs to be adequate so you can rinse off in the shower and wash your dishes. Also, if the water pressure in your home is poor, the appliances that rely on water won’t function properly.
If you notice that the water pressure in your home is suddenly poor, you should call a licensed professional. The issue could be something simple, like a clogged aerator. However, the issue could be due to a leak in the waterline, which is a very serious issue. If there is water leaking behind the wall, it can cause significant water damage. The standing water can also promote mold growth. Because the reason that your water pressure is poor could be due to a serious issue, it is best to call a licensed plumber as soon as you notice the change.
#2 No Water
The most obvious sign that you need to call a professional is no water coming from the faucets. Before you make the call, you should first make sure that your water bills have been paid and are up-to-date. If you missed a payment, the water company might have turned off your water. You should also check with one of your neighbors to find out if they have water. If there is a widespread water outage, there is nothing a plumber can do.
If your bills are paid, and your neighbors have water, you should call a plumber. There are a few issues that can prevent water from coming into the home.
- A clogged tap connection
- Old water lines and other materials
- Clogged or corroded pipes
- Frozen pipes
It would take the knowledge and experience of a plumber to inspect the plumbing system in your Arlington, TX home and then make the necessary repairs. If you have no running water, it is an emergency situation, and you should call a professional immediately.
#3 Rusty Water
If the plumbing system in your home is coming out rusty, you should call a plumber immediately. It isn’t safe to bathe in rusty water, cook with it or drink it; therefore, this is an emergency that should be handled immediately.
If just the hot water is rusty, your water heater is probably causing the problem. If both the hot and cold water is coming out rusty, your pipes are probably corroded. To get your water running clear again, a professional will need to replace the pipes that have corroded. Until you can get the problem fixed, you should avoid using the water as much as possible.
#4 Slow Or Clogged Drains
If the water is draining very slowly or it won’t drain at all, you should call a licensed plumber immediately. As careful as you are with what you put down the drain, grease, food, hair, soap scum, and other debris will get down the drain, which can cause a clog.
Some Arlington, TX homeowners will try to fix the problem themselves using liquid drain cleaners. Unfortunately, these products aren’t always effective. Also, liquid drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can be very damaging to your pipes. Some homeowners will buy a drain snake to remove the clog themselves. If you don’t know what you are doing, you could damage the pipes with the snake.
If your drains are slow or clogged, it is best to call a plumber. Plumbers have several different methods they can use to remove the clog safely and completely.
#5 Water Heater Issues
The water heater in your Arlington, TX home is one of the most essential appliances. Without a properly functioning water heater, you and your family won’t be able to shower or handle simple everyday tasks. Also, your washing machine and dishwasher won’t function properly if your water heater isn’t running. If you notice any of the issues below, you should call a professional immediately.
- No hot water, which could be due to thermostat or heating element issues.
- You are running out of hot water quickly, which could be caused by sediment build-up inside the water tank.
- The hot water isn’t getting hot enough due to a thermostat issue or a heating element issue.
- You have poor hot water pressure due to sediment clogging the waterline.
- There is rust in the hot water due to sediment that has built up inside the water tank.
- Your water heater is making a banging or clanging sound due to sediment buildup inside the water tank.
These days, you can find a video online to make just about any type of repair. You might be able to find a video to teach you to fix your water heater, but you shouldn’t. It is best to hire a licensed professional. If you make just one mistake, you could end up doing more harm than good and can cause a complete water heater breakdown. Also, if your water heater is under warranty and you try a DIY repair, it will void your warranty. Water heaters are very complex appliances and should only be repaired by a licensed plumber.
#6 Leaking Faucets
Many Arlington, TX homeowners don’t get overly concerned when their faucets start to drip. Because it is just a drip, they don’t think they are wasting much water. Also, after a day or two, you can get used to the dripping sound, and you won’t even notice it anymore.
If you have a dripping faucet in your home, you should take it seriously and call a plumber. If the faucet is dripping, there is something wrong with the faucet’s mechanics. If you ignore the problem, the problem will get worse, and the dripping will get stronger and faster. Also, if you ignore your dripping faucet, you can end up wasting a lot of water. Over the course of a year, a faucet that drips one drop per second can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water. Not only will this cause a significant increase in your water bill, but it is also bad for the environment. It is best to call a licensed professional as soon as the dripping begins.
#7 A Constantly Running Toilet
If the toilet in your Arlington, TX home is functioning properly, it will run after your flush. Once the toilet tank is full, the water will stop running. If your toilet is constantly running, you should call a licensed plumber. A constantly running toilet wastes a lot of water. If you thought that a dripping faucet is wasteful, you would be shocked by the amount of water wasted by a running toilet. Over the course of a day, a running toilet wastes up to 26 gallons of water. In just one month, you can waste up to 780 gallons of water, which will cause a massive spike in your water bill.
If your toilet is running, there could be an issue with the plunger inside the tank. There could also be an issue with the toilet tank’s seal. It would take the knowledge and experience of a licensed professional to figure out the cause of the problem so that it can be repaired.
#8 Quiet Your Drains
If you hear a gurgling sound when the water goes down the drain, you should call a plumber. This sound is a sign that you are about to deal with a significant clog. When a clog builds up in the pipes, it just gets larger and larger each time you put something down the drain. When the clog gets very large, it can be difficult for the water to go down the drain. It will need to change directions to find a new route down the drain. The air from the change in direction is what causes the gurgling sound.
If you start hearing this, you should call a licensed plumber immediately. If you ignore the problem, it won’t be long before changing direction doesn’t work, and the drains will get completely clogged. Because this is a very inconvenient problem, it is best to call a professional as soon as your drains start making noise.
#9 Frozen Pipes
Winter days in Arlington, TX, are typically pretty mild. However, there can be days where the temperature drops below freezing and the nights drop below freezing also. When this happens, your pipes are at risk of freezing. If you try to turn on the water on a very cold day but nothing comes out, your pipes are likely frozen. This is a very serious situation. When the water in the pipes freezes, it expands. This can cause the pipes to burst, resulting in a major flood in your home. If you suspect that the pipes in your Arlington, TX home have frozen, you should call a plumber immediately. A licensed professional will know the best way to thaw out your pipes as quickly and safely as possible before they freeze. This is considered an emergency situation, and you shouldn’t wait to make the call.
#10 You Purchased a New Water-Based Appliance
If you recently purchased a water-based appliance, such as a dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator with an ice maker, or garbage disposal, you might be tempted to install it on your own. After spending a significant amount of money on the appliance, you won’t want to pay an extra cost to have it installed. This is a mistake. Just because there are installation directions that came with the appliance or DIY videos online, it doesn’t mean that you should handle the job yourself. Installing an appliance can be complicated, and if you make a mistake, your appliance won’t work right. You can also cause permanent damage to the appliance or cause a flood in your home.
If you just purchased a water-based appliance, it is best to hire a professional to handle the installation. They have the knowledge and experience to install the appliance correctly, and they are licensed just in case something were to happen.
Why Choose Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Of Fort Worth?
If you have any issue in your Arlington, TX home that requires a licensed professional, don’t waste your time on a Google search. Instead, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Of Fort Worth.
We have been serving customers in the area for many years, and most of our customers have been loyal customers since we first opened.
Each of our plumbers are licensed, insured, and highly trained. This should give you peace of mind that we can get the job done right the first time. We understand that your time is valuable. This is why we will pay you $5 for every minute that we are late getting to your home. There aren’t too many plumbers in the industry who do this. We do it because we value you and your business.
At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Of Fort Worth, we understand that plumbing emergencies can arise at the most inconvenient times. This is why we offer emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are having a plumbing issue on a weekend or a holiday, we will get to your home as quickly as we would if you had called during normal business hours.
To schedule an appointment for a plumbing repair or an appliance installation, give us a call today.