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You use water in your Fernandina, FL home multiple times a day. Running water is essential for showering, flushing the toilet, cooking, cleaning, and many other daily tasks. When the water runs or the toilet is flushed, you rely on the drainage system to remove the water and waste from your home. If there is an issue with your plumbing system, life in your home can be inconvenient and challenging.
The best way to prevent a major, expensive plumbing issue is to recognize the early signs that you need to call a plumber.
If your plumbing system is experiencing any of the following issues, you should call a professional immediately.
#1 Dripping Faucet
A dripping faucet may not seem like a big deal, but it is more serious than you might think. If there is a dripping faucet in your Fernandina, FL home, it is a sign that there is an issue with the faucet’s mechanics. If you don’t call a plumber to repair or replace the faucet, the dripping will increase to a steady stream that you cannot stop.
Another reason why a dripping faucet needs to be repaired immediately is that it will waste a significant amount of water. A faucet that drips one drop per second can waste up to 11 gallons of water per day and 330 gallons per month. This amount of wasted water can cause your water bills to increase significantly, and it is harmful to the environment.
It is best to call a licensed plumbing company as soon as the faucet starts dripping.
#2 Constantly Running Toilet
The toilet in your home is designed to run after you flush the toilet. When the tank is full, the toilet should stop running. If it doesn’t, you should call a licensed plumbing company.
It is easy to ignore a running toilet. As long as the toilet flushes, the cost to have it repaired may seem like a waste of money. However, having a plumber repair, the toilet will actually save your money. A toilet that runs constantly can waste up to 30 gallons of water per day and 900 gallons per month. The cost to have a professional repair the toilet is just a fraction of what your water bill will be if you allow the problem to persist.
There are a few issues that can cause a toilet to run constantly.
- The refill tube is too high.
- The flapper is cracked and leaking and needs to be replaced.
- The float height needs an adjustment.
- The tank’s seal is failing.
- The toilet has reached the end of its lifespan.
Without the necessary training and experience, it can be difficult to pinpoint why the toilet is running. It is best to hire a licensed professional to inspect the toilet and create a plan to resolve the issue.
#3 Slow Or Clogged Drains
When you turn on the water in your home, you expect the water to flow down the drain quickly. If the water drains slowly or not at all, you should call a licensed plumber.
Slow and clogged drains are a major nuisance. You may be tempted to try a liquid drain cleaner to remove the clog to save money on the cost of plumbing service; however, this isn’t a good idea. A liquid drain cleaner may not remove the entire clog, and you will have a slow or clogged drain again soon. Also, the products contain harmful chemicals that can damage the pipes, resulting in an expensive repair.
A plumber can use a drain camera to find the location of the clog and determine the size. This information will help them decide the best method to remove the entire clog safely.
#4 Gurgling Drains
Just because water is going down the drain in your home, it doesn’t mean the drains are clear. If you hear a gurgling sound coming from the drain when the water goes down, it signifies a major clog in the drain. When a large clog prevents the water from going down the drain, it will change directions to find a way through the pipes. This change in direction produces air, which causes the pipes to gurgle.
If you want to prevent the drain from becoming clogged completely, you should call a licensed plumbing company to remove the clog.
#5 Water Heater Issues
We all use hot water multiple times a day, and without hot water, life in your home can be challenging. Your water heater is responsible for providing hot water to your Fernandina, FL home. If it is experiencing any of the following issues, it is best to call a licensed plumber right away.
- Strange noises coming from the water heater
- Moisture or leaks around the unit
- You frequently run out of hot water
- Foul-smelling hot water
- Cloudy, hot water
- Discolored hot water
- Poor hot water pressure
When you call a plumber, they will inspect the water heater to find the cause of the problem. This will help them determine whether the water heater can be repaired or if a water heater replacement is necessary. Water heaters are very complex appliances, and the repair should never be a DIY project. It is best to leave the job to a licensed professional.
Why Choose Bert Norman’s Plumbing?
If you have a plumbing issue and need the help of a licensed plumber, contact Bert Norman’s Plumbing. We are a family-owned, full-service plumbing company that has been serving customers in the area since 1985.
Thanks to the excellent service we provide, we have an outstanding reputation in the community and the industry. We have a 5-star rating on Google and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
We understand how essential your plumbing system is to your daily life, which is why we offer emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you call outside of our regular business hours, we will get a plumber to your home as quickly as possible to get your plumbing system functioning properly again.
To schedule an appointment for plumbing service, give us a call today.