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10 Signs it’s Time to Call in a Professional Plumber

A service call now can avoid a costly emergency later

There’s one very good way to avoid an expensive call for an emergency plumber.

Schedule a non-emergency plumbing visit when the first signs of water or sewage related trouble appear which can be handled with less cost and damage if we can get to it earlier.


Here are the 10 most common residential plumbing problems we encounter


1. Visible water

This one is pretty obvious, we know, however you might be surprised at how many times a little moisture or a tiny leak is dismissed as “nothing serious yet”. Weeks or months later, there is severe wood rot and other damage when this seemingly innocuous issue escalates. Water pooling around the base of your toilet for no reason? Seeping up from the floor? Stains on your ceiling? All of these situations should lead you to schedule a plumbing service call with our insured, highly-trained experts.


2. Dripping faucets

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a faucet leaking 1 drip-per-second can waste as much as 2,000 gallons of usable water each year. Not only are dripping faucets bad for the environment, they’re a considerable and avoidable added expense on your water bill. Dripping faucets are commonly caused when the interior parts of the faucet, such as the O-ring or washers, wear out. It costs very little to fix and you’ll immediately save money on your utilities.

Check out the U.S.G.S. drip calculator to customize your projected water loss due to leaky faucets!


3. Low water pressure

If your shower pressure is weak, water doesn’t flow fully from your faucets or your toilet requires multiple flushes to fully rinse the bowl, you have a low pressure problem. This can be caused by clogs, leaks, or incorrectly sized pipes. You’ll save money on wasted water (and the frustration) by letting a professional plumber find the cause and solve it.


4. Frozen pipes

Even in the usually mild climates of the southeastern states, frozen pipes happen. Now, granted, most people don’t know how to gauge if or when a frozen pipe is going to blow.  A few signs are visible frost on exposed pipes, odd clanking noises or smells when the tap is on, or the complete loss of water pressure anywhere in your home. Signs include visible frost on exposed pipes, odd clanking noises or smells when the tap is on, and the complete stoppage of water running anywhere in your home. Let a Ben Franklin plumber properly check and winterize vulnerable pipes before the cold season.


5. Water doesn’t run clear

When water comes out of your tap in any other form but clear, you tend to realize it right away. Imagine bringing a glass of water toward your lips only to notice discoloration, a foul smell, or visible particles. The color can indicate the possible source; for example, brown water can be a sign of excess iron and blue or green water can mean copper pipe corrosion.  Allowing a plumber to locate and replace the bad section of pipe usually clears up these issues completely.


6. You hear water flowing through pipes when none is on

The sound of water moving through your pipes when no one is actually using water is a sign that you have a leak. This, along with visible water pooling, can lead to a lot of headaches to both your home and your water bill if not taken care of as soon as possible.


7. Lack of hot water

If your taps or shower will only run cold, the likely culprit is your hot water heater. The fix can sometimes be as easy as simply checking the breaker box for your electric heater, or if it’s a gas model, ensure the pilot light is on. If there is a rattling noise and the breaker box trick doesn’t work, it’s definitely time to bring in a pro. This is especially true if your hot water heater is over 11 years old, as most should be replaced around that time. Learn more about hot water heater repair or replacement in our Ben Franklin Plumbing blog on the topic. (Insert link to blog)


8. Unexplained wet spots in yard

Are you noticing small wet spots scattered throughout your yard? If so, this indicates that your main water supply line is probably leaking onto your lawn. A foul smell indicates a leak in your sewer line. Situations like these are best left to the professionals as your water and sewer lines may need major repairs or even full replacement.


9. Leaking spigots

While you’re outside, check your water spigots first. If you see any signs of dripping even when the faucet is turned off completely, it’s possible you have an internal leak, possibly caused by exposure to freezing temperatures during winter months. Without repair, this can be a serious issue because the supply pipe that leads to the hose bib may have also suffered damage and it could be leaking into your wall or basement, leading to water damage, mold and other problems.


10. Slow drains

We saved this one for last because it’s a biggie. In many instances, a homeowner who discovers a slow drain will immediately use a harsh chemical drain cleaner to remove a suspected clog. Overuse of these cleaners can cause corrosion and damage to your pipes. Additionally, if a drain continues to be slow, there’s probably another reason that should be investigated further by a professional.  It’s better to have a skilled plumber remove a clog and clean the drain properly now than have pipe replacement tacked on top of that problem down the road.


The bottom line to each of these 10 signs is the same; let Ben Franklin Plumbing spare your home and bank account from an unnecessary emergency plumbing call with a much more sensible service visit today.  Our plumbing experts are available 24/7 and we come prepared with the tools, parts, and know-how to address whatever awaits us.  


Be it an emergency or routine plumbing service, we’ll respond quickly, quote fairly, and talk to you honestly. Our monthly service and product specials can also save you money!


Contact us or call our 24/7 customer service line today (800) 471-0809.