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The plumbing system in your Arlington, TX home is essential to your daily life. Between running the water, flushing the toilet, and running your water-based appliances, your family uses your plumbing system multiple times throughout the day. Because you rely so much on your plumbing system, it is essential that you can recognize issues early so you can call a plumber.
On average, homeowners need the help of a plumber every three years. People who live in older homes may need to call a plumbing company more frequently.
Although many people hire a professional to make plumbing repairs, some attempt DIY plumbing repairs to save money. However, if you aren’t a licensed plumbing company, you shouldn’t try to make plumbing repairs yourself. Your plumbing system is very complex, and without the necessary education and training, you could do more damage.
If your plumbing system is experiencing any of the following issues, it is best to call a plumber. Not only will you need a professional to diagnose the issue, but you also need them to figure out the best way to resolve the problem.
#1 You Have No Water
A lack of water is the most common sign that you may need to call a licensed plumbing company. If you turn on the faucet and nothing comes out, life in your home will be impossible.
Before you call a plumber, check your records to ensure your water bills have been paid. Also, check with a neighbor to see if they have water to rule out a widespread outage.
If everything checks out, you should call a professional. There are a few different issues that could be causing your lack of water.
- An issue with the water main
- Waterline issues
- A problem with the isolation valve
- Aged materials
- Clogged or corroded pipes
- Frozen pipes
Because there are so many different problems that could be causing the lack of water, it is best to call a plumber right away.
#2 Poor Water Pressure
Without adequate water pressure, simple tasks like rinsing a dish and washing your hair will take longer than necessary. Also, your water-based appliances need sufficient water pressure to function correctly.
If just the hot water pressure is poor, the issue is with your water heater. If the hot and cold water pressure is insufficient, the problem is with your plumbing system, and you should call a plumber right away.
If the water pressure from just one faucet or showerhead is poor, the problem is with the fixture. If the water pressure in your entire Arlington, TX home is inadequate, there are a few potential causes.
- Faulty pressure regulator: The pressure regulator is also known as a pressure-reducing valve. It does precisely what its name describes, regulating the water pressure. If the valve breaks, it can result in weak water pressure.
- Clog: If there is a clog in pipes that deliver water to your home, you won’t have adequate water pressure.
- Leaks: If there is a leak somewhere in your plumbing system, you won’t get an adequate amount of water coming from the taps, resulting in poor water pressure.
Because poor water pressure can be such a hassle, and some of the issues can cause damage to your home and your plumbing system, it is best to call a licensed plumbing company as soon as possible.
#3 Discolored Water
When you turn on the water in your home, you expect it to run clean and clear. If the water has a brown tint, you should call a plumber immediately.
If your hot water is discolored and the cold water is clear, your water heater is the problem. If the hot and cold water is discolored, your plumbing system is to blame. As your pipes age, they can begin to rust and corrode. The rust and corrosion can contaminate your water when this happens, making it unsafe for your family to use.
A plumber can inspect your plumbing system so they can find the pipes that have corroded and replace them. It is best to avoid using the water until the problem has been resolved. If you absolutely must use the water, you should boil it first.
#4 Slow Or Clogged Drains
When you turn on the water in your home, you expect it to flow freely down the drain. If the water starts draining slowly, it can make your life inconvenient. Showering with a slow drain will result in you standing in two feet of water by the time you are done showering. Also, brushing your teeth and washing the dishes can be completed if the water isn’t draining correctly.
Clogged drains are even more convenient. If the water doesn’t drain at all, you can’t use the sink or tub until the clog is removed.
You may be tempted to try to clear the clog yourself with a liquid drain cleaner in hopes of saving money on plumbing costs. Unfortunately, this is a bad idea. You can’t be sure that the entire clog has been removed. If it hasn’t, it is only a matter of time before the water starts draining slowly again. If the drain is completely clogged, the drain cleaner won’t reach the clog, which will be useless. In addition, these products contain harsh chemicals designed to break up the clog, which can be damaging to your pipes. It is best to hire a plumber to remove the clog.
Plumbers use drain cameras to help them find the clog’s location and determine the size. This information will help them select the best method to remove the clog and the most effective way to reach it. A plumber can remove the entire clog quickly and safely.
#5 Noisy Drains
As careful as you are with what you put down the drains in your Arlington, TX home, grease, food, soap, and hair will end up going down the drain, causing a significant clog.
Large clogs will prevent the water from draining, and it will need to change directions to find a way down. The change in direction creates air in the pipes, causing a gurgling sound. If the clog isn’t removed quickly, it won’t be long before your drain becomes completely clogged.
A plumbing company can remove the entire clog, which will quiet the drains.
#6 Dripping Faucet
If you have a dripping faucet in your home, you may think that it isn’t a big deal, but a dripping faucet is more serious than you think. This is something that should not be ignored, and you should hire a licensed plumbing company.
Your faucet is dripping because there is an issue with the faucet’s mechanics. The problem will only worsen over time, and eventually, the dripping can escalate to a steady stream that you can’t turn off.
Because the faucet is just dripping, it is easy to assume that you aren’t wasting much water; however, a dripping faucet wastes more water than you think. A faucet that drips one drop per second can waste up to 11 gallons a day and 330 gallons per year. This amount of wasted water can cause a significant spike in your water bills.
A licensed plumbing company will inspect your faucet to determine if it is a minor issue that can be repaired or a significant problem that cannot be fixed, and you will need to replace the faucet.
#7 Clogged Toilet
A clogged toilet is an annoying issue, and if you only have one toilet in your home, this can be a very serious problem.
It is not uncommon for your toilet to clog occasionally, and in many cases, using a plunger will remove the clog, allowing you to flush again. If there is a very large clog or it is located far down in the pipe, the plunger won’t work, and you will need to call an emergency plumber.
A plumber can remove the pipes if necessary to remove the clog, allowing your toilet to flush.
#8 Running Toilet
When you flush the toilet in your Arlington, TX home, it will run until the tank is full. If your toilet continues running even after the tank has filled, you should call a licensed plumbing company.
There are a few issues that can cause your toilet to run constantly.
- The flapper is damaged and won’t stay closed.
- The float height needs to be adjusted.
- The refill hose needs to be shortened.
- The tank’s seal is starting to fail.
- Your toilet has reached the end of its lifespan.
If your toilet runs constantly, you should call a plumbing company right away. It can be easy to ignore a running toilet because you only hear the running water in the bathroom; however, this issue is more serious than you think.
A toilet that runs constantly can cause a drastic increase in your water bills. In one day, your running toilet can waste 30 gallons. If you allow the issue to continue for a month, you can waste up to 900 gallons of water.
A plumber will come to your Arlington, TX home to inspect your toilet so they can determine the best solution to the problem.
#9 Water Heater Issues
The water heater in your Arlington, TX home is considered an appliance, but it is actually a crucial part of your plumbing system. If your water heater isn’t working correctly, you won’t have hot water, which you need for showering, cleaning, and other daily activities.
If your water heater is experiencing any of the following issues, you should call a plumber right away.
- No hot water coming from the taps
- The water isn’t getting hot enough.
- You run out of hot water often.
- Discolored hot water
- Foul-smelling hot water
- Poor hot water pressure
- Strange sounds coming from the unit
- Moisture or leaks around the unit
Allowing any of these issues to persist can result in more damage that can be more expensive to repair, or you may need to replace the water heater.
It is best to call a plumber as soon as you suspect there is a problem.
#10 Frozen Pipes
Winters in Arlington, TX, are cold, but it doesn’t consistently drop below freezing often. This is why most homeowners don’t wrap their pipes in heated tape. If the temperature drops below freezing at night or there is a cold snap during the day, your pipes are at risk of freezing, which is a serious issue that would require a licensed plumbing company.
When your pipes freeze, there will be no water coming from the taps. When the pipes freeze, the water inside expands, which can cause the pipes to burst. If this happens, your home will flood, which can cause mold and significant water damage.
It is best to call a plumbing company as soon as you suspect your pipes have frozen. Plumbers know how to thaw pipes quickly and safely, preventing your home from flooding.
Why Choose Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Of Fort Worth?
If you are having issues with your plumbing system, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Fort Worth. We are a family-owned and operated plumbing company that has been serving customers in the area for years.
Our plumbers are highly trained, licensed and insured, and can handle any plumbing issue. Over the years, we have earned an excellent reputation in the community in the industry. We have a 5-star rating on Google, and in 2017, we won Home Advisor’s Best Of award.
We understand that your time is precious, which is why we guarantee our plumbers will be on time.
If you have an issue with your plumbing system and we aren’t in the office, don’t panic. We offer emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you call for emergency service, we will do our best to get to your home as quickly as we would if you had called during our regular business hours.
To schedule an appointment for plumbing service, give us a call today.