Sometimes when dealing with sink and plumbing issues, you need to ask for assistance. Here are four times when you should call in a plumber for back-up assistance with your sink.
#1 Sewage Backup
Oftentimes when you have an issue with your sewage, the issue will manifest itself in your sinks, tubs, and toilets. If you ever experience sewage coming out of the drain pipe or the water faucet in your home, you are going to want to put a call into your local plumber immediately. Sewage back-ups are serious issues that generally cannot be fixed with simple do-it-yourself plumbing tricks.
Additionally, sewage back-ups present large sanitary issues and health risks. A sewage back-up needs to be cleaned up with extreme caution and care to insure that your home's health is not put at risk. With something like sinks, you also need to consider whether it's better to simply replace the whole thing.
#2 Wall Leaks
When you spot a leak behind a wall in your home, it is best to call in the professionals. Just because water is gathering at a specific spot behind your walls does not mean that is where the leak is located. If you try to find the leak yourself, you may end up breaking up more drywall than is necessary. A professional plumber can use their years of experience to locate the leak without knocking down more drywall than is necessary to access and repair the leak.
#3 Slow Drain
When your sink is not draining properly, the first thing you should do is use a drain cleaner on your sink. For most minor clogs, a drain cleaner should get rid of the clog. If the clog is still present, you can use a drain cleaner that comes with its own mini-plastic plumbing snake to pull out the clog.
However, if your sink is still draining really slow after you use a professional drain cleaner and mini-plumbing snake on your drain, it is time to call in a professional. A plumber will have equipment that will allow them to reach deeper into your plumbing lines to remove clogs that are further down the line than you can assess on your own. A plumber can also put a camera down your drain lines in order to figure where the clog is located and if a bigger issue, such as a tree root in your drainage lines, is causing your sink to back-up.