The modern world has been inundated with DIY information via the internet. Blogs, websites and videos relating advice and instructions for numerous projects are now available to anyone with access to basic Wi-Fi. Some of it is reliable, some of it less so and the rest considerably less so. However, there are some things that are better left to trained professionals. Plumbing is one area where it is beneficial to have professional aid from an Austin plumber. Here are four signs you need to contact a plumbing company Austin.
1. Poor Water Pressure
Low water pressure may be due to a multitude of causes, with an issue in the pipes or supply line being the most likely culprits. Possible causes include mineral or sediment buildup in pipes, corrosion in pipes and clogs in the main line. Plumbing leaks and temperature are also possible causes. Water flows from one faucet lowering to a trickle when another faucet is turned on is one indicator of poor water pressure. Others are whistling noises from pipes and a longer than normal washing machine filling time. The most accurate way to tell if you have low pressure, though, is to place a pressure gauge at an outdoor hose spigot. The pressure should not be below thirty psi.
2. Burst Pipes
Burst pipes can result from drastic temperature drops, mineral buildup from hard water, pressure from tree roots, old age, a sudden increase in water pressure and more. You may have a burst pipe if you notice the following:
- Water pressure fluctuation
- Rotten egg/sulfur smell
- Random water puddles around pipes and sinks
- Strange noises
- Sudden rise in water bill
3. Sudden Water Flow Halt
If your water flow has stopped, it may also be attributed to buildup or corrosion in your pipes. Rust and deposits of debris, lime or heavy metals can keep water from flowing through. Eventually, this can cause the pipes to break and/or leak.
4. Toilet Overflow
There are three possible reasons for a toilet overflow: They are a clogged pipe or drain, a clogged vent and a full/blocked septic tank. Toilet overflows can lead to flooding and unpleasant odors, especially if the cause is related to the septic tank.
There are many problems you can fix yourself. However, as tempting as it may be to tackle a plumbing issue with a wrench or plunger, this can end up costing you more time and money in the long run than if you had simply contacted a professional in the first place. Plumbing is costly to deal with in the first place and easy to mess up if you lack the proper training, equipment and experience.