When it comes to unclogging the toilet, we all consider ourselves experts. But, take it from these Seattle Plumbers, no matter how seasoned you may think you are when it comes to plumbing issues, there are certain things that a plunger and elbow grease just won’t fix. If you’re experiencing plumbing issues with no end in sight, here are a few tell-tale signs it’s time to call a pro:
Frozen Supply Line
Thankfully, this is only an issue for a couple months out of the year. Still, if this happens, it can cause serious problems. While there are plenty of DIY tips online for dealing with frozen pipes, proceed with caution! Aside from the problems created by not getting water into your toilet, frozen pipes create airtight seals. If improperly handled, pipes can burst, which, often as not, is a plumbing disaster. If you’ve got frozen pipes and you’re worried about how to handle it, give Price Busters Plumbing a call.
Plunger Doesn’t Cut It
We’ve all been there. Your old man might try to tell you the “proper technique” for plunging a clog, but if you’ve exhausted your arms to the point that you’re ready to pour chemical de-clogger (which you should never do) down the drain, it’s time to call a plumber. Determined DIY plumbers often start thinking up clever ways to get to the clog and make things worse. If you’ve plunged to the best of your ability and can’t make headway, go ahead and call in the Seattle plumbing pros.
Running toilets are more than an annoyance. They’re also costly, running up your water bill and repair costs. If it takes handling the flush lever just so every time you use your toilet, it’s probably time to replace parts or the entire toilet, which also means it’s time to call a professional plumber in Seattle. A good rule for home plumbing is that the point at which you start taking things apart is the point at which you should call a professional. While the issue may be a loose flap or flow tube, it could just as likely be something far more complicated.
Flushed Foreign Object
If you have kids you’ve probably already been down this road. Clogs that you can neither see nor plunge out are often caused by things getting flushed that never should have been. A deep clog like that is not only a problem if you want to use your toilet, but it can cause serious damage to sewer septic lines, which is a problem no one should have to encounter. As a good rule of thumb, try to keep it to #1, #2 and TP.
You Can Smell the Problem
Plumbing utilizes all five of the senses and smell is just as valuable as any of them. If you can smell something amiss, but you can’t see it, you likely have a hidden leak. Usually behind a wall, in a cabinet, or under the floor, a hidden leak will cause drywall, flooring, or wood to mildew. The smell is unmistakable. If a hidden leak is the culprit, it’s likely that you’ll see a higher water bill as well.
If your toilet has been sending out any of these distress signals, don’t hesitate, to call us today!