Top 10 Signs You Need to Call a Plumber

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Signs You Need to Call a Plumber

While no one really likes to call the plumber, sometimes it is absolutely necessary. When you put off plumbing issues for too long you may encounter some unwanted consequences. For example, structural damage and burst pipes are common when plumbing issues aren’t taken care of right away.


To schedule plumbing Grand Prairie TX service, call Dial One Johnson Plumbing, Cooling and Heating at (469) 240-5618.


Continue reading for ten signs that you need to call a plumber. 

1. Slow or Clogged Drains

If you have a slow drain, then you may have a partial clog or build up somewhere in the pipe. Take a look at all of the drains in your home, if most of them are slow, then the issue is somewhere in your main water line. However, if the issue is only in one or two drains, then the clog is probably local. 


Bathtub drains are the easiest to unclog as they typically only contain hair and residue. A toothed drain stick is the perfect tool to release a clog. On the other hand, sink and toilet drains can be a bit more difficult. These typically require the use of a drain snake or hydro-jetting tool. Give your plumber a call for kitchen and bathroom plumbing services.

2. Reduced Water Pressure

If you are experiencing reduced water pressure in your home, then you are probably facing a water leak, valve issue or mineral build up. Water leaks can cause faucets to have reduced water pressure because most of the water is escaping rather than coming directly to the faucet. 


Water pressure valve issues can also cause reduced water pressure. If the valve is set too low, then your water pressure may not be strong enough, set too high and the fixtures may get blown off. 


A mineral build up is the most common cause of reduced water pressure for those with hard water. The hard water causes mineral deposits on the faucets and showerheads, blocking the water. All you have to do to remove mineral deposits is put a bag of vinegar over the faucet or showerhead overnight. 

3. Unexpected Water Bill Increase

If you encounter a sudden, unexpected increase in your water bill, then you should call a plumber. This could mean that you have a burst pipe or slab leak that you are unaware of. A plumber will be able to effectively determine the location of a leak and quickly repair it.

4. Mold Growth and Wet Spots

If you have a water leak that you don’t know about, you may start to notice mold growth or wet spots on your ceiling, walls and floors. Be sure to occasionally check inside cabinets and closets where piping is present, as these kinds of leaks often go unnoticed for months. Water can cause irreparable structural damage and mold can cause adverse health effects. This kind of issue should be taken care of right away as to avoid any additional problems. 

5. Dripping Faucet

A dripping faucet is not only annoying and frustrating, it is also extremely wasteful. A dripping faucet can waste gallons of water in just one week. This may cause your water bill to increase. In many cases a dripping faucet is easy for a plumber to fix, in other cases you may need to replace the fixture. Typically this is only needed if the old faucet has been corroded or is extremely damaged. Give your plumber a call if you start to notice a dripping faucet. 

6. Water Won’t Get Hot

If you turn on your faucet or shower and find yourself waiting and waiting for hot water, you may have an issue with your water heater. Hot water is incredibly important for all kinds of daily tasks: laundry, bathing, cooking and cleaning are only a few. Conventional water heaters typically encounter the most problems with heating water because they have tanks. If the tank develops a leak or the heating function has broken, then you are stuck without hot water until a plumber can fix it. 


The case may also be that you need to replace your water heater, especially if you have had it for more than 20 years. If possible, replace your water heater with a tankless system to save space, time and money. Give your plumber a call if you are experiencing a lack of hot water in your home. 

7. Toilet and Pipes Won’t Stop Running

If you flush your toilet only to notice that it hasn’t stopped running or if you put your ear against the wall and hear continuous water running through your pipes, you may have a water leak. For toilets, the leak could be within the fixture itself or within a directly connected pipe. Pipes within walls however are more concerning as they can cause structural damage from the leaking water. Be sure to call a plumber right away if you notice either of these issues.

8. Soggy Basement

Have you ever gone into your basement and noticed that the floor was slightly wet? Because basements are underground, they can sometimes develop condensation and water buildup. If this is happening in your home, then you may want to consider installing a sump pump. A sump pump is an appliance that drains water from your basement. If you already have a sump pump but it doesn’t seem to be doing its job, then you may want to contact a plumber to check for clogs and other issues.

9. Puddles and Lush Grass in Backyard

When sewer lines break in your yard, the water travels through the path of least resistance. This often means that the water goes up rather than down. When this occurs, you may start to notice brown, foul-smelling puddles in your yard. These could be accompanied by patches of lush grass. If one or both of these things are happening in your backyard then it is very likely that you have a leaking sewer line. Call a plumber right away so that they can quickly repair it using trenchless technology.

10. Foundation and Wall Cracks

Have you started to notice cracks in your floors or walls? These are signs that you have a slab leak. A slab leak occurs when a pipe underneath your foundation begins to leak. The water typically travels upward, into the slab. Because they go unnoticed for so long, slab leaks can cause immense damage such as shifting foundations, cracks, mold and more. 


If you have even the slightest suspicion that you may have a slab leak, you need to call a plumber. Using sonar plumbing equipment, they should be able to detect the location of the leak underneath the slab. Slab leak repair is often timely and expensive, so early detection is key to minimizing damage.

Reliable Plumber Grand Prairie TX

For a reliable plumber in Grand Prairie, Texas, choose Dial One Johnson Plumbing, Cooling and Heating. Our experienced team of plumbers can help you with any problem you are having. From maintenance and repairs to emergencies and replacements, we have got your back. At Dial One Johnson, we are committed to providing high quality service.


Schedule an appointment today with our plumbing team by calling (469) 240-5618 or contact us online. 


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