5 Questions Homeowners Always Ask Plumbers

Home plumbing is a mystery for many home owners. In fact, most home owners don’t really think about their plumbing until there is a plumbing emergency. But just like everything else in your home the key to preventing emergencies is to get routine maintenance done, and to pay close attention to the plumbing in your home. Often there are signs of an impending catastrophe that you can see. If you notice those signs and take action immediately you can prevent a full scale expensive emergency that can cause major damage to your home.

To help you figure out when you need to get your plumbing checked and what signs could indicate a plumbing problem here are 5 of the questions that plumbers are asked the most often (we even checked with the pros from and the answers to those questions from plumbing professionals.

Why Is My Sink Clogged?

clogged dirty sinkThis is probably the question that plumbers are asked most often. Homeowners will end up with a clogged sink in the bathroom, kitchen or laundry room and they are puzzled because they haven’t put anything they shouldn’t down the sink but the sink is clogged anyway.

The simple answer is that clogs don’t always happen because of something that you’ve put down a particular sink. Clogs can come from debris that builds up over time. Sometimes that debris comes from hair or food particles that enter the plumbing at the other end of the house but are carried through the pipes until they reach a point where the pipe is blocked or where the water flow isn’t strong enough to carry the debris any further. But whenever you have a clog you should call a professional plumber to deal with it because only a pro can find the exact source of the clog and clear it out the right way so that you won’t have more clogs in the future.

Why Does My Garbage Disposal Smell So Bad?

If you are consistently smelling a bad odor from your garbage disposal it means that the food entering the disposal isn’t getting cleared out of the disposal. There could be a leak in the pipe that feeds the disposal that is preventing the water from flushing out the disposal. Or there could be food blocking the pipe that carries waste away from the disposal unit so that the food in there isn’t getting cleared out. You should have a professional plumber examine the disposal to be sure that all the food and waste is getting flushed the way it should. And don’t put any food in there that shouldn’t be in there.

What’s The Best Way To Deal With A Slow Drain?

This is another question that homeowners almost always ask professional plumbers. A slow drain is a warning sign of a coming clog and you should never ignore a slow drain. If you notice that your bathtub drain or sink drain is slower than it used to be that means you have a clog starting somewhere in that drain. That is the time when you should call a plumber to clean out the drain. Taking action early will help you avoid a fully clogged pipe or a burst pipe.

There’s Water Around My Water Heater Is That Serious?

water heater with water leakAnytime there is water leaking from a major appliance you need to call a professional plumber. There are several different reasons why water could be leaking from the water heater. Not all of them are serious, but you need to get a professional to examine the plumbing around the water heater in case the problem is serious. If you call a professional plumber immediately you can save yourself expensive repairs or a water heater replacement down the line.

Should I Be Concerned About Water In The Basement?

A little bit of water in the basement that happens once or twice, especially after a storm, isn’t a huge cause for concern. If it’s just a damp spot or a small amount of water it’s probably not a big deal. But if you notice water in the basement consistently, or if you have a lot of water in the basement you should call a professional plumber. You could have a leak or a burst pipe. Over time that water could seep into the foundation of your home and cause major problems so if you are seeing water in the basement regularly or if you see puddles of water in the basement call a professional plumber to have the plumbing examined for cracks or breaks in the pipes.