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How to Best Describe an Issue to Your Plumber

Talking to your plumber about a problem you have isn’t always easy. Plumbing systems are complex, and it can be hard to describe what’s going on. You may not even know what the problem is, but it’s important that you’re able to tell your plumber what is going on so that they are prepared to repair the problem once they arrive. To help, here are some ways you can accurately describe a plumbing problem to your plumber. 

A Dripping Faucet

If you have a dripping faucet and want a plumber to address the root cause of it, you can start by describing the situation. You can say that you hear a “tap-tap-tap” sound coming from the sink or that your faucet doesn’t seem to cut off completely. 

A Slow Draining Sink 

For this issue, you can tell your plumber that you’ve recently seen a ring of debris inside your sink whenever you use it to clean objects. Be sure to say if the water is at a complete standstill or if it is taking a little bit longer than usual to drain.

Clog in Bath or Shower 

One thing that helps a plumber is identifying which bathroom has the clog in it. Is it in your everyday shower where you do your daily grooming, or is it in the bathroom in a guest facility that rarely gets used? That will help a plumber determine the first line of approach. 

Slow or Clogged Toilet

You can describe the smell, appearance, and color of the water to help your plumber get a better understanding of the situation. Your plumber will use this information to determine the root cause of the blockage, and the best way to clear it. 

Low Water Pressure 

Sometimes water pressure is dramatically low, but what you say can help your plumber determine the root cause of the problem. Did the water pressure change recently and dramatically? Is it only happening in one room of your house? Is it affecting your appliances’ ability to work? Let your plumber know the answer to these three questions. 

Sewer System Problems

If multiple sinks or basement drains are backed up, it’s a clue that there’s a problem with your sewer line. Tell your plumber about any smells, changes in your yard’s appearance, or signs of foundation cracks. These are just some of the indications of a sewer line that isn’t free-flowing. 

Can’t Describe the Problem? Don’t Worry! 

Here at Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating, we have over 20 years of experience, which means we’ve seen it all. As a local Howard County plumber, we’ve helped clients identify the root cause of problems, and fix it immediately. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

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