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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.

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The plumbing system in your Jacksonville, FL, home is very complex. It consists of two parts, the water supply system, which delivers clean water to your home, and the drainage system, which removes water and waste from the home. If either of these systems starts to malfunction, you will need to call a licensed plumber.

Many Jacksonville, FL homeowners will attempt to make plumbing repairs on their own. This is a mistake. Without the proper training and experience, you can make a mistake, causing even more damage to your plumbing system.

If you start having any of the following issues in your Jacksonville, FL home, it is essential that you call a licensed plumber to make the necessary repairs.

#1 Slow or Clogged Drains

When the drains in your Jacksonville, FL, home function properly, the water should flow freely. If your drains are slow or clogged, you should call a plumber.

Many homeowners will try to repair the problem themselves using a liquid drain cleaner. Unfortunately, these products aren’t always effective, and the harsh chemicals can damage the pipes. Some homeowners will try to remove the clog using a drain snake, similar to what a plumber would use. If you don’t have the knowledge and experience necessary to use this tool, you could cause damage to the pipes.

It is best to hire a plumber if you are having drain issues. A plumber will be able to remove the clog completely, allowing the water to flow down the train freely. They will also be able to remove the clog safely so that no damage is caused to the plumbing system.

#2 Dishwasher Installation

New dishwashers can be expensive. Some Jacksonville, FL homeowners who buy a new dishwasher will try to install it themselves, so they don’t need to spend more money. This is a mistake. Dishwasher installation can be a complicated job, and if it isn’t done correctly, it can result in a leak or a broken dishwasher.

If you plan to buy a new dishwasher, it is best to have a licensed plumber install it.

#3 Garbage Disposal Installation

If your family tends to put things down that drain that shouldn’t go down the drain, you should consider installing a garbage disposal. Installing a garbage disposal will save you the cost of a plumber to remove a clog, and they don’t use much electricity.

If you are planning to install a garbage disposal, you should leave the job to a plumber. The installation can be complicated, and if you don’t know what you are doing, you can damage the drain or the plumbing system. It is best to hire a plumber to handle the installation and any repairs that you need in the future.

#4 Dripping Faucets

Many Jacksonville, FL homeowners don’t consider a dripping faucet a very big deal. There is a very small amount of water coming from the faucets, so you might not think it is a cause for concern. Also, after a day or two, you might not even notice the sound the the dripping water.

A dripping faucet is a bigger issue than you might think. If the faucet is dripping, it is due to an issue with the faucet that needs to be repaired by a plumber. Also, even though the water is dripping slowly, you will still waste a significant amount of water. If you allow the issue to go on for a year, you will waste over 3,000 gallons of water. This can cause a significant increase in your water bill.

#5 Water Heater Issues

The water heater in your Jacksonville, FL, home is one of your most essential appliances. Without hot water, you cannot take a shower, wash your dishes, and do laundry. Simple household tasks can be difficult without hot water. To prevent a complete water heater breakdown, it is essential that you are able to recognize the signs that it is time to call a plumber. These include:

  • No hot water
  • The water isn’t getting as hot as it should be
  • You are running out of hot water too quickly.
  • Your water heater is making strange sounds.
  • Rusty hot water
  • Poor hot water pressure
  • Moisture or water pooling around the water heater

If you are handy, you might want to try to repair the water heater yourself, which you shouldn’t do. If you make one mistake, you could end up doing more damage. It is best to hire a plumber to diagnose the problem and make the necessary repairs.

#6 Poor Water Pressure

If the water pressure in your home is poor, you should call a plumber because poor water pressure signifies a plumbing issue. If just the hot water pressure is poor, the problem likely lies within your water heater. If both the hot and cold water pressure is poor, the aerator on the faucet or showerhead could be clogged. The problem could be something more serious such as a leak in the waterline. This is a serious issue because it can cause a flood behind the wall. If the water pressure is suddenly poor, you should call a plumber to find the cause of the problem.

#7 Leaks

If you open the kitchen or bathroom cabinet and there is a puddle of water, you should call a plumber immediately. Some people think that all you need is a wrench to stop a leak, but this isn’t true. It would take the knowledge and experience of a licensed plumber to figure out what is causing the leak and then fix it. If there is a leak in your home, before calling a plumber, you should turn off the water supply to the leaking sink.

If you are having any plumbing issues, contact Bert Norman’s Plumbing. We are a family-owned and operated business that was founded in 1985. We have an excellent reputation in the community and can handle any residential or plumbing issue that you throw at us.

We understand that issues arise that would require a plumber’s assistance at any time of the day or night. Because of this, we offer 24/7 emergency service.

To schedule an appointment, give us at Bert Norman’s Plumbing a call today.

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