It can be hard to know what issues need to be fixed by a professional plumbing service and what can be done DIY style. When it comes to fixing plumbing issues, it can be extremely intimidating to know the difference. However, there are some key issues to keep in mind that are always best left to the professionals.

1. Poor Water PressureClose up of a partly clogged shower head in a bathroom, causing it to putting out so little waterClose up of a partly clogged shower head in a bathroom, causing it to putting out so little water

Yesterday, when you turned the faucet on to brush your teeth, water ran from the tap perfectly fine. Today, even when turned on full blast, you can barely get a trickle. What gives? Well, there are aClose up of a partly clogged shower head in a bathroom, causing it to putting out so little water multitude of factors that could be affecting your water pressure, including:

  • Leaking pipes or joints
  • Closed valves
  • Buildup in pipes
  • Faulty fixtures
  • Frozen pipes

So, what can you do? Beyond ensuring that your taps are clean and clear of blockages, there isn’t likely to be much you can treat on your own without a plumber’s know-how. Thankfully, one quick phone call will have a plumbing service to your home right away.Dirty brown water running into a white sink. Looks very unhealthy,

2. Discolored Water

White, brown, or even grey water coming from your sinks or toilets is guaranteed to be a cause for alarm. It’s unsightly, undrinkable, and sometimes even smelly. It’s a sure sign you are in need of help from a plumbing service. The signs they will likely look for in this case include:

  • Damaged pipes
  • Problems with the water main
  • Mold living on water supply

These are all major concerns when it comes to the safety of your water. Tainted water is unsafe for drinking and bathing and can damage your sinks, tubs, toilets, and more. 

3. Bad Smelling Water

Most often, when you begin to notice an unpleasant odor coming from your taps and faucets, it can be extremely distressing. This issue is normally caused by bacteria growing in the hot water heater or well water tank. Thankfully, in each case, a plumber will be able to assist. With the hot water heater, a licensed service provider will most likely need to replace an old magnesium rod with an alternative like aluminum. A plumber will also be able to ascertain the cause of any bacteria or other problems with things like well water and help you to make the correct decision on clearing it out.

worried housewife watching plumber plunger her sink

4. Clog That Won’t Drain With Normal Plunging

When a drain begins to overflow, most people will reach for a plunger to assist with whatever may be clogging the drain along. Unfortunately, this does not always work and can lead to hours of futile effort and hoping the clog will pass on its own. These kinds of clogs are most often due to the following:

  • “Flushable” wipes
  • Fat, oil, grease 
  • Food buildup
  • Small objects

The above list includes all items that should never be flushed or disposed of down a drain, as they can cause massive damage down the line. Flushable wipes, fats, oils, and food all collect in the sewer systems, creating massive clogs that cannot be dealt with by normal drain cleaning methods. You will need the help of a plumbing service to clear these away. Small objects such as children’s or pets’ toys, socks, small cosmetic bottles, and other things that may fall into a drain accidentally and get stuck will also pose a large problem, especially if they get stuck deep enough that you can’t reach them by hand. Your plumber will need to disassemble any plumbing to locate and remove these objects.

5. The Water Doesn’t Get Hot

On a cold morning, all most folks want is a nice hot shower to start their day. If yours takes a long time to warm up or doesn’t get warm at all, the following issues may be to blame:

  • Water heater Tank leaking
  • A malfunctioning thermostat
  • Tank too small
  • Outdated tank

In most of these cases, they are a sign that it’s time to have your water heater replaced. Replacing a water heater is not a job that should be attempted by someone without proper training. A plumbing service has technicians who are licensed and trained to be able to handle that job for you and get it done correctly. 

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Stack Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, and Electric is here to help. With over 45 years in the industry, Stack is a name you can trust, and we are here to help. We specialize in water heater repair, drain cleaning, leak repairs, and so much more. Visit our website or give us a call at 440-937-9134 to set up an appointment today!

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