Have you recently moved into a house? Are you having issues with your plumbing and are trying to decide whether to call a plumber now or wait until later? Home maintenance can be a confusing task for many people, especially when you've never had to deal with it before. While some things can wait until later, other things need to be handled as soon as possible. Here are some things that need to be taken care of as soon as you notice them:
Flooded basement: Unless you've been in a house for a while, it can be impossible to know whether a flooded basement is a relatively normal consequence of a rainy day or whether it points to something more serious. In the first instance, simply replacing or repairing your sump pump will usually take care of the problem. On the other hand, your flooded basement could be caused by a leaky or ruptured sewage pipe. Fresh sewer water doesn't always smell, especially if the original source of most of the water is your shower, washing machine, or dishwasher and not your toilet. If you discover a flooded basement, an emergency plumbing service can pinpoint the issue and prevent it from occurring again.
Sluggish drains: If a toilet or sink is running slow, the issue is often a localized clog that can be easily removed by plunging or with a drain snake that you can purchase at your nearest hardware store. When several drains start to run slowly or not at all, that points to a more serious problem. Instead of being close to the drain or drains in question, the clog is likely somewhere between your home and your septic tank or city sewer line. If not cleared as soon as possible by an emergency plumbing service, like Marv's Plumbing, you could suddenly find that your drains aren't running at all. If this happens while you are washing clothes or otherwise using relatively large amounts of water, you could find your house getting flooded with dirty sewage water. Fixing this flooding can be a lot more expensive than simply having the plumber snake out your drains in the first place, so it's a good idea to call as soon as you notice that there is a problem.
Leaky ceiling: While many damaged ceilings are caused by a roof that's started leaking, other ceilings are damaged by faulty plumbing. If the previous homeowner did some of their own plumbing repairs, they may have used the wrong materials which then resulted in corrosion. If not fixed by an emergency plumbing service, you could soon find it to be "raining" in the kitchen even when it's bright and sunny outside. By catching the issue early, when it's barely a drop, the plumber will have less work to do and so your eventual bill should be lower than if you wait until the small leak becomes a flood.