This is a guest post from our friends at Blue Diamond Plumbing.

Most homeowners prefer to handle their plumbing problems because they think that calling in a professional is a waste of money. However, plumbing issues are best handled by a knowledgeable and experienced plumber. 

For someone who does not have training, identifying and fixing any plumbing issue is a daunting task. When something goes wrong, you may end up having a costly mess in your hands because your insurance might not cover it. 

Investing in professional plumbing service is like investing in your home. Save yourself money and time, and from further stress by calling a plumber whenever you notice the following warning signs. 

  1. Drop in Water Pressure

A sudden drop in water pressure is a tell-tale sign that you have a problem with your plumbing system. A pipe might have sprung an unnoticeable water leak or perhaps the flow from the main water line is clogged or restricted with mineral deposits. 

It is truly a challenge to find the cause of this problem. Most likely, you cannot fix it on your own. So whenever you notice a sudden water pressure drop, call a professional plumber immediately. 

  1. Water Leaks

Simple plumbing repairs like fixing a leaking tap may prompt you to swap out the washer and gasket or tighten a connection which may work if it is a minor leak. But if it does not work, don’t try to do something that you’ll soon regret. Instead, call for expert help.  

Getting leaky shower heads, pipes, toilets and faucets professionally fixed will ensure you conserve water, and prevent further damage to your plumbing system and home.  

  1. Rusty Water

Rust usually indicates the presence of iron in the water. Normally, this is not a problem since it is considered safe to use and drink. 

But rusty water indicates that you must replace some of your plumbing pipes or buy a new water heater. This may also mean that there is a problem with the safety of the water. So whenever you see rusty water coming out of your faucet, don’t hesitate to call a professional plumber. 

  1. Clogged Pipes

Clearing clogged pipes using chemical drain cleaners is not effective. The toxic ingredients in these cleaning agents can even damage your plumbing system.  

For pipes that can’t be handled by a sewer snake or plunger, you need to call in an experienced plumber to safely and effectively clear the lines. Most importantly, this can help you avoid the need for expensive repair work in the future. 

  1. Sewer Odors

Sewer odors indicate a serious problem in your plumbing system. So whenever you detect a sewer odor, you must contact a professional plumber immediately. In most cases, unpleasant smell in the sewage means there is a problem in your sewer line. If left untreated, you risk a sewage backup on your property. 

  1. Burst Pipes

Oftentimes, burst pipes happen during winter when frozen water in the line expands, causing the pipe to break. Cracked pipes can incur hundreds of dollars in water damage. 

Furthermore, affected pipes are difficult to locate. Damage can happen below your foundation, in your yard or behind the walls. By calling in a professional plumber, the source of the leak can be discovered, and the process of water abatement can immediately be started.  

Searching for the source of the leak will give the water enough time to seep into the different parts of your home. An experienced plumber can recommend the needed repair work in cases where there is damaged drywall, foundation or flooring. 

  1. Soggy Patches in Your Yard

When it hasn’t rained but you notice some soggy patching in your yard, do not ignore them. Unexplained puddles are signs of plumbing problems. Check your irrigation system first and make sure that it is not leaking in that location. 

But when that is not the problem, you may have a leaking sewer line or water underground. Whatever the cause of the leakage is, you must let a professional plumber handle the repairs as soon as possible. 

Handling a minor or major plumbing project without the right knowledge and skill will result in major property damage, personal injury, and thousands of dollars in repairs. So whenever you run across these plumbing issues, call an experienced plumber immediately. 

About the author

Based in South Melbourne, Australia, Blue Diamond Plumbing was founded in 1985, working on new homes, repairs, and commercial contracts. Over time they have grown to become some of the best plumbers Melbourne has to offer. Since 2001, the company has specialized in emergency plumbing and property maintenance, repairs, and renovations for homes and businesses in Melbourne and inner city suburbs. Owner Rod Diamond has over 30 years experience with emergency plumbing in Melbourne’s inner suburbs.