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When to Call a Professional for Plumbing Repairs

by Ann Marie Damashek, GRI, CBR, SRES 02/18/2024

It may be simple enough to unclog your toilet with a plunger or do other simple plumbing repairs. However, a plumber should handle more serious plumbing issues. Without prompt plumbing repairs, in some cases, your home could end up with major water damage.

But when should you have professional plumbers make repairs? If you have any of the following plumbing problems, it's time to call a professional.

Badly Clogged Drains

You might be able to unclog drains with small blockages, but a plumber should unclog bigger blockages. If your home has multiple slow drains or drains that keep clogging, a plumber can use professional tools and equipment to remove deeper or larger blockages. Plumbers also have cameras they can use to find out where a blockage occurs, so they can make sure they completely remove it.

Overflowing Toilet

When you have a toilet overflowing, it can cause serious water damage to your home. You might also have a health hazard if waste is overflowing from your toilet onto your floor. Shut your water off and have a plumber come to your home as quickly as possible. Plumbers can determine the cause of the overflow and make repairs as needed, such as unclogging the drain pipe.

Water Pressure Problems

Water pressure can change from time to time, such as when your local utility company is making repairs or doing other work. However, water pressure shouldn't be too high or too low for long spans of time. If adjusting the water pressure valve doesn't help, have a professional plumber inspect your plumbing to find out what's causing these problems, such as broken pipes.

Lack of Hot Water

If your home doesn't have hot water or if it takes too long for hot water to flow to your faucets, a plumber can help. The cause of this might be a hot water tank that's too small or other problems with your water heater. Plumbers can determine the cause of hot water problems and repair your water heater or recommend a replacement if needed.

No Water

If your home has no water, call your local water company to see if they're performing work or maintenance in your area. If not, call a plumber to figure out why you don't have any water. This can be due to serious problems, such as backups, water main issues or major leaks.

About the Author

Ann Marie Damashek, GRI, CBR, SRES

Ann Marie Damashek has always been a natural at helping people prepare their homes for sale. She started out with a successful business selling goods for people on eBay. "Nine times out of ten they were hiring me because they were down-sizing,” Ann Marie says. "So I decided to get my license. I said, ‘Might as well sell their house too.’” The transition was a smooth one and for nine years she’s had a thriving full-time real estate business that allows her to marry her entrepreneurial spirit with her passion for helping others. With an office in Larchmont, New York, she serves all of Lower Westchester County, with her primary market in the Sound Shore region. The majority of her business is "sphere of influence” with former clients referring her to friends and family. A gifted communicator, Ann Marie quickly builds trust and rapport with her clients by being both thoughtful and responsive; she understands that during the purchase or sale of a home, a quick response time is crucial. "I am very accessible,” Ann Marie says. "I always make time for my clients. They can call me, text me, email me up until 10 o’clock at night and I will respond. I’m available on weekends. I get back to people very promptly. I’m very customer service-oriented.” Her clients appreciate her professionalism, passion and enthusiasm and as a result her repeat and referral rate continues to grow each year. While selling real estate is serious business, Ann Marie knows that at times humor and a moment of levity can be a relief to clients. While she has a laidback and easygoing personality, she can be assertive when needed on her clients’ behalf. She loves being of service to them, and the continually changing nature of the work keeps her engaged and fulfilled. "It’s never boring,” Ann Marie enthuses. "Every day is different. That’s probably what I like most about it. But I also enjoy helping people sell or buy and educating them about the process. I love helping them achieve their goals.” This ethic of service has resulted in well-deserved recognition. Ann Marie has received the Westchester Magazine Five Star Real Estate Agent Rating four years running, in 2015 and 2016 she was the #1 agent in her office, and she’s a Zillow 5-Star Premier Agent. To keep in touch with former clients, Ann Marie sends cards to mark special occasions or reaches out via email. To market her listings, Ann Marie uses Multiple Listing Services (MLS), as well as, a service that allows both agents and their clients access to MLS data. She also uses a Facebook business page and ads to boost new listings or promote upcoming open houses. "That drives a tremendous amount of traffic,” Ann Marie says. She also uses the most popular real estate websites such as Zillow and Trulia. A strong believer in giving back, Ann Marie sits on the Board of Trustees of her church and is involved in a variety of social justice projects. She’s affiliated with Furniture Sharehouse, a furniture bank for Westchester County, which collects and distributes gently used furniture free of charge to those in need. "I love it on so many levels because as a realtor, it’s helps my sellers downsize through charitable donations. I like the environmental aspect of it as well. And it helps people who truly need things.” She’s also involved in Impact 100, a women’s philanthropic giving organization. In her free time, Ann Marie enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. For the future, Ann Marie wants to continue expanding her business and developing her brand, and she someday hopes to grow a strong team. But her main goal is to stay in the real estate business, helping her clients to achieve their dreams.