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You probably take great pride in fixing things around the house yourself. There are times, though, that you need to cave in and call a professional. The big question, though: should you call a plumber or should you call a restoration service? What are the differences between plumbing and restoration? Might you actually need both? To help you figure it out whether you need plumbing and restoration services or just one of those services, we’ve put together this handy guide.

Times to Call a Plumber

1. Scary Clogs

Clogs can be one of the most frustrating and scary problems that occur in your home. When they happen in the kitchen, it grinds pretty much all cooking and cleaning to a standstill. And when it happens to a bathroom, that bathroom is completely unusable until the clog is taken care of.

These clogs are basically Plumber 101. These professionals have the experience and the specialized tools necessary to quickly fix the problem. Most of the time, the issue can be taken care of in less than an hour.

2. Bad Water Pressure

Another common issue that is directly in the plumber’s wheelhouse is when you are having issues with water pressure. As with clogs, this is an issue that affects different parts of the house in a very similar way: it renders showers and sinks basically useless until you get everything sorted out.

Fortunately, this is another quick fix for the plumber. They can typically identify any issues or obstructions and clear everything up quickly. If you’re having water pressure issues you haven’t been able to fix yourself, then a plumber is definitely the right call.

3. Blocked Sewer Line

Most of the “I should probably call a plumber” moments happen with areas directly inside the house. However, one of the best times to call these professionals is when there are issues with your sewer line. A variety of things can block these sewer lines, and you’re likely to need professional help to fix everything.

Blocked lines can be caused by things like tree roots and the buildup of sediment on top of the more predictable problem of things being flushed that shouldn’t be flushed. It can sometimes be impossible for non-professionals to identify where to even start, so it’s good to make the call as soon as you can.

Times to Call Restoration Services

1. Flooding

There are many things that can cause flooding in your home. This ranges from unexpected rainfall in non-elevated areas to extreme leaking from faucets and toilets. And while you may have gotten a plumber to fix the initial leaking, you’re still left with a major ongoing problem.

The flooding can damage the wood and other materials in your home. And if left untreated, it can lead to some unexpected health risks for you and your family. This is when you should call a restoration service such as Restoration 1: we can fix the flooding damage while also making sure your home is safe for everyone once again.

2. Lingering Odors

When you have something like a leaking or overflowing toilet, plumbers are really good at fixing whatever is causing the water to keep coming out. However, you may be left with a more persistent (and more embarrassing) issue in the form of nasty, lingering odors.

As goes without saying, these smells are impossible to handle with air freshener or other over the counter solutions. And in addition to being annoying and embarrassing, such smells may contribute to respiratory issues for you and your family. If you’re in this situation, it’s time to call a restoration service to put everything back to the way it was before.

3. Mold

Mold is one of the most serious risks in your home. In some cases, it is also a hidden risk, as it may take a long time for you to detect mold in different parts of your home. In addition to being unsightly, such mold can contribute to respiratory issues, especially for those who have existing breathing problems such as asthma.

And mold is pretty much outside of the plumber’s line of country. He can help fix leaks or other issues that might lead to mold, but you’ll need to contact a restoration service to fix the mold itself. At Restoration 1, we can help identify all areas that have mold and remove it from your home. And don’t wait for visual confirmation: if you suspect mold is in your home and want to be sure, give us a call today!

Plumbing and Restoration Services

These tips should help guide you as you consider whether you need plumbing and restoration services or just one of these services. When in doubt call Restoration 1 for advise. We can even recommend a plumber should you require one. We are proud to work with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing when you require both plumbing and restoration services. Give us a call anytime.