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Know When To Call A Plumber

Updated on March 6, 2013

What Will Be Covered

Some of the things that will be covered are as followed:

  • No hot water
  • Problems with the drain
  • Sewage back up
  • Leaky pipes
  • Overflowed toilet
  • Water underneath the washing machine or dishwasher

Believe it or not, but there are some people out there who do not know when to call a plumber. Then there are some people who will call a plumber over the littlest things This article is to give a person some sort of idea when they should call a plumber and when they should not call a plumber.


When To Call A Plumber

If a person's hot water tank is not pumping out hot water, then they should get a plumber to come out and inspect the tank. Figuring out what is wrong with the hot water tank is no easy task to do, unless a person is a plumber or if the tank actually has a leak in it. If a hot water tank has a leak, then getting a new tank installed may be the best option. Either way a person will want to call a plumber to inspect the hot water tank. The sooner the tank gets fixed, the sooner a person will have hot water again.

Another obvious sign is if the drains are not working properly and there are insects, mainly flies, flying around the drains. If you have tried products to try to get rid of the insects or to help get rid of clogs in the drain, and nothing has worked, then it is time to give a plumber a call. A plumber will be able to find out what exactly what is causing the drains to not work properly, and they will be able to possibly find out why insects are attracted to the drains that are clogged or not working properly.

If there is a sewage back up, call a plumber to take care of it. Do this even if you think it is only a small problem that you think you can handle. If there is a sewage back up and you decide to try to take care of the problem yourself, then you may end up being in for a surprise if you end up messing things up. Call a plumber if there is a sewage back up. You will save money and the headache in the event something were to go wrong.

If you notice a leak in the pipe/pipes, and you have already patched it or even replaced it, then you may not have done it properly. If this has happened to you, then it is time to give a plumber a phone call and have them come and see what is wrong with the pipe.

When Not To Call A Plumber

If your toiler has overflowed and you have just been to the bathroom, then don't panic and call a plumber. Instead, use a plunger. This may seem funny and as if it should be common knowledge, but there have been many people who have jumped the gun and called a plumber when all they needed to do was use a plunger.

Do not call a plumber as soon as you noticed that there is water underneath your dishwasher or washing machine. This could be due to overloading the machine. Before you call a plumber, try to lessen the load and make sure that all attachments are attached correctly and that the they are closed properly.


How To Hire A Good Plumber

Now that you know when you should call a plumber and when you should not call a plumber, you should know how to find and hire a good plumber. Below are a few quick tips you can keep in mind when you need to hire a plumber.

  • Make sure the plumber is licensed
  • Ask the plumber for references, if possible
  • Hire a plumber who has many years of experienced


If you think you need a plumber, then it is usually better to be safe than sorry. Plumbers know what they are doing and they have undergone a lot of training to become a plumber, therefore they will be able to get to the bottom of your plumbing needs.

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