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No one ever wants to experience plumbing problems, but for the average homeowner it can be difficult to determine how severe a plumbing issue really is. Is the problem at hand a clog that you can fix yourself with a plunger or drain cleaning agent, or is it something worse? At Top Notch Plumbing Services Inc., we want to help you make sure that your plumbing stays in good working order and that you never have to deal with potential catastrophes. Here are some indications that it’s time to enlist a plumber to tackle your problem:

  • Foul Odors- In general, it’s always a good idea to call a plumber if you notice any foul odors. In particular, the smell of sewage or rotten eggs can indicate that you have a broken vent or sewer pipe under your home. A broken sewer pipe can seriously damage your foundation, so call a plumber right away if you notice a sulfur smell.
  • Frozen Pipes- Call a plumber immediately if your pipes freeze. Indicators that your pipes have frozen include odd clanking noises when you turn on your taps, your water not running, visible frost or moisture on exposed pipes, and a smell of sewage coming from your faucet. If you see any of these signs in your home, call a plumber to deal with the problem as soon as possible. Do not try to thaw your pipes on your own, as improper thawing can cause them to crack or burst. To prevent frozen pipes, allow your faucets to drip (even overnight) when the temperature drops below freezing, and leave the sink cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate.
  • Water Sounds- Hearing water in your pipes when no one is using any water means that you probably have a leak. Wet or brown spots on your ceiling, floor, or walls are more evidence for a leak. If you experience this problem, call a plumber to find the source of the leak and repair it before it gets worse.

If you notice any of these signs, you can call our team at Top Notch Plumbing Services Inc. to start work on the right solution.