Before you pick up that phone and call your trusted local plumber, take a second to ponder if that’s really necessary for your situation. Perhaps the problem is too far gone and you need a totally different specialist.

Plumbing related issues run the gamut in severity. They can range from a simple clogged drain to a full-on flooded basement. However, there are instances across the board when you shouldn’t call a plumber because the issue has moved to a large-scale water damage problem. Let’s explore both ends of that spectrum: when it’s too soon to call a plumber and when it’s too late.

Don’t Call If It’s a Simple Fix 

It’s easy to dissolve into panic at the slightest sign of a clogged drain or leaky pipe. But a lot of the time, the problem isn’t as severe as you may think. There are quite a few plumbing issues you can save a few bucks fixing on your own. Let’s break down some of the problems you should try to handle yourself before calling in a plumber.

If you do feel as though it’s an emergency, then completely disregard this section.

Slow or Clogged Drain 

We’ve all likely encountered a slow drain at one point or another. Shower drain clogs are usually caused by a buildup of hair and dead skin. Coffee grounds and cooking oil are often to blame for kitchen sink clogs. Regardless, never use a chemical drain cleaner to unclog. This can actually cause more problems than it solves. Instead, use hot water and a natural cleaner or a drain snake to try to clear the block.

Garbage Disposal Issues 

Garbage disposal issues are another common plumbing issue you may encounter. But they are far easier to resolve than you may think. First, unplug the garbage disposal. Next, push the reset button (usually found on the bottom of the unit). Now you can try to manually move the blades to see if that loosens up any potential blocks. 

Leaky Faucet 

A leaky faucet is more of an advanced fix but if you have the right tools it’s usually not hard to figure out. Of course, sinks come in a variety of shapes and sizes so every situation will be unique. Typically, a leaky faucet will require a new washer or cartridge. But whatever your particular sink might require, the fix is likely just a matter of replacing an old, worn-out part.  

Leaky Spigot 

Much like a faucet repair, a leaky spigot is usually the result of an old part that needs to be replaced. Luckily, spigot parts are pretty similar across the board. It will be a bit easier to find the proper part. The hardest part of this repair is dismantling the spigot. But a quick internet search can get you the information you need to pull it off. 

Running Toilet 

Of all the minor plumbing issues we encounter, a running toilet might be the most annoying. The constant sound of water flowing into the bowl can be maddening. There are three main reasons your toilet may be running: the float height, a flapper leak, or an issue with the refill tube. All of these problems are fairly easy to fix. 

Don’t Call If The Damage is Already Done 

On the opposite end of the spectrum are problems that go beyond what a plumber can fix. When disaster strikes and your home sustains water damage it’s too late for a plumber to do anything at that point. Here are some instances where it’s too late for a plumber to help you.


Whether it was caused by a burst pipe or adverse weather, flooding in your home isn’t something a plumber can assist you with. That’s because a plumber can’t fix the issue at the source when there are other damages in the way. At this point, your number one priority is to get the water out of your home and begin the restoration process. Once you have most of the mess cleaned up, then you can call a plumber to repair any damaged plumbing. 

Signs of Mold  

Mold can start to grow in a mere 24 – 48 hours after water damage. Once you notice a mold outbreak, you should get on top of the issue before it spreads or causes further damage to your home. 

Damage to Walls, Floors, Ceiling

Water can do a number on your home. If there’s significant damage to your walls, floors, or ceiling due to a leak or some other plumbing issue, you’ll need to handle that separately by contacting a local restoration company.

Who Do I Call To Handle Water Damage? 

When water damage strikes it’s time to call in a restoration company. They can handle anything from water removal to mold remediation to repairing structural damage. Once you call them in, they can help you clean up the mess and restore any sustained damage.

If you’re in or near the Denver area and you’re in the midst of dealing with water damage, call in Restoration 1 Central Denver! We offer 24/7 water damage services and a suite of other services including fire damage restoration and sewage cleanup. Our certified experts are at your service!   


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