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Common Plumbing Emergencies: When to Call a Plumber


Plumbing is an essential part of our everyday lives. We use water for everything– showering, cooking, cleaning, drinking, and more. And when there’s an issue, it’s not only inconvenient, but it can lead to severe damage to your home and costly repairs. However, some things go wrong that may seem insignificant, but can actually be cause for an emergency call to a professional plumber.

In this article, we will discuss X tall-tale signs that you have a problem on your hand and it’s time to pick up the phone and give us a ring.

The Toilet is Backed Up or Overflowing

Imagine this– you flick the handle on the tank and instead of the water going down the commode, you see the water begin to rise. In those times when a plunger isn’t getting the job done, this is an obvious sign there’s something wrong. And if there is a clog, we advise NOT trying to remove it yourself because this can lead to more damage to the plumbing system.

An overflowing toilet can cause water damage to flooring if left unchecked. What’s more, it can also lead to contaminated water spilling over as well. If not tended to, the bacteria and other germs begin to grow and can cause serious health issues for you in your family. 

Weak Water Pressure Throughout the House

Is your water not coming from the shower as strong as before? Low water pressure can be a sign there’s a clog or a leak in your plumbing system somewhere. And the worse the leak or clog, the weaker your water pressure will be.

Typically, if you’re noticing the water pressure gets weaker and weaker over time, then it’s likely some buildup or a growing clog. It’s possible there’s a cracked pipe or small hole causing the leak. However, if there’s a sudden drop in water pressure, then you likely have a larger issue to deal with.

Regardless, a house with low water pressure is not normal. And we recommend hiring a professional to come to look for the root of the problem.

You’re Spending More on Your Water Bill

Toilets and water pressure are both fine, but you’re noticing spikes in your bill while your water usage stays the same? This typically points to a leak somewhere in the pipes or in the waterline. While this causes you to spend money on water you don’t use, it can also be causing water damage somewhere in the walls or under the house. 

A quick way to check is to shut off all the water to your home. Afterward, go take a look at the water meter and if it’s still going, you definitely have a leak you need to take care of. If you suspect this is going on, reach out ASAP to save yourself money and future headaches.

Notice any of our signs here? Or do you have your own plumbing concerns? 

For professional plumbing service in Los Alamos, NM and beyond, contact Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing.

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