At What Point Do You Call a Plumber?

Virtually all occupants of a home have the essential plumbing tools to deal with emergencies.

Often clogged toilets or congested pipes require only a suction cup and elbow grease to restore satisfactory operating condition.

If you are a handyman, you can also do small work such as replacing a used joint or the basin of a sink.

However, larger repairs require the intervention of a professional. Trying to repair congested pipes or blocked toilets yourself can sometimes exacerbate problems over the long term.

The broken faucet valve

If you’ve ever tried to fall asleep with the drip sound of a leaking tap in the next room or battled the kitchen faucet that does not want to stop, you know how common this problem is, can be very annoying.

A leaky faucet is also the cause of a rising water bill. A single leaky faucet can cause hundreds of liters of water to be wasted in a sewer over the course of a year.

The water that comes into your home is under pressure. This is what allows it to circulate in the pipes. When you close the faucet, the rubber or silicone seals form a sealed seal that prevents water from forcing its way further into the piping. With time, the joints can harden, tear or move, allowing small leakage and causing this horrible drip noise.

Of course, you can replace these joints yourself, but exercise can prove very difficult if you do not have the special tools. If the leak is prolonged, the valve seat itself may bend or corrode, thereby increasing the amount and cost of the work.

All sinks have no joints to contain the strength of the water. Ceramic faucets use finely adjusted ceramic trays to prevent water from passing. Although they require less scrutiny than rubber seals, repairs are more complex. If you have a faucet instead of a tap with simple knobs, it is probably a ceramic faucet. Go here for a kitchen faucet faq.

Insufficient water pressure

When the water that should gush out of your faucets just drops into a thin net, it’s because you have a pressure problem!

This problem may not be related to your product, but rather to the water service in your neighborhood. This is rare, but there may be breaks on the main pipes which temporarily reduce the pressure.

A more common cause is the accumulation of limestone deposits inside the tap aerators.

The water circulating in your pipes carries dissolved mineral substances which eventually deposit on the metal surfaces. If you have a filtration system, these deposits will wind up in the filters you just need to change. If you do not have such a system, these deposits will end up on faucet aerators, shower heads, clogging orifices and reducing flows.

Most kitchens have aerators that can be easily unscrewed and cleaned with an acid solution (vinegar, most often). For shower apples and bathroom faucets, it’s a bit more difficult. You can, however, lock them in a plastic bag filled with white vinegar, overnight.

Leakage of toilet

If you are tired of handling the flush rod to make it work properly or if you are tired of hearing the hissing of the tank’s continuous filling, the time may have come to replace the tank’s internal organs.

Pay attention to limescale deposits in the bowl that could prevent the new elements from positioning properly.

You may also be a victim of a silent leak in your toilet. To ensure this, just pour a few drops of a coloring liquid into the tank and wait for about twenty minutes. Then observe the bowl for any coloration. If the water in the bottom of the bowl becomes colored, it means that you have a leak.


These are just a couple times when you should call a professional plumber. If there are any emergencies then just call them anyway.