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When there’s a leaky faucet or a clogged toilet, you usually don’t need to call a professional for assistance. What you probably don’t know is that these small inconveniences could be telltale signs for bigger problems. What are some small ways you can avoid costly plumbing emergencies, and what are some signs that it’s time to call in the big guns?

Don’t turn off your water heater

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If you’re planning a trip this winter, you may think that a smart way to cut costs is to turn off your water heater before departure. However, this could eventually lead to some issues. The severe drops in temperature during the cold months could cause your pipes to freeze and then burst. Instead of turning off your water heater completely, just turn the temperature down before leaving your home.

Don’t ignore plumbing issues

You may think that if you continue to ignore the sound coming from the toilet, it’ll eventually go away. Well, we’re here to tell you that it won’t. Unfortunately, plumbing issues won’t fix themselves. If you think you may have a problem, it won’t take long for a licensed plumber to give you an estimate and an explanation for that daunting sound you’ve been hearing all week.

Always turn your water off before a plumbing project

If you’re thinking about taking on a DIY-plumbing project, make sure you’ve turned your water off before getting started. Forgetting to turn your water off can result in flooding, leaking pipes, and big messes. Try to find the shut-off valve before you start your project. If you can’t find your valve, shut the water off at the water main.

Schedule regular maintenance inspections

Look, we know that plumbing emergencies can cost a pretty penny. But, you can avoid these big costs if you schedule routine plumbing maintenance for your home or apartment. Inspections are the key to keeping your pipes in tip-top shape.  You may think that small leaks are just small inconveniences, however, over time, they can prove to be disastrous. Scheduling routine check-ups for your pipes can help catch small issues before they evolve.

When to call a professional

Although many of us can take care of the quick fixes, there are some problems that we can’t handle on our own. When should you call in an expert? You should hire a local plumber if:

  • You’re installing new pipes, faucets, sinks, toilets or tubs
  • You’re having issues with your water heater
  • You have no water at all
  • Your drains won’t drain
  • Your septic tank is leaking
  • Your sewer line breaks