Plumbing services can be a real lifesaver when it comes to the overall health and safety of your home and your family. Sometimes, a simple five-minute fix can prevent months of headaches and heartbreak. 

But it’s not always obvious when exactly you should call your local plumber. That’s why in today’s blog from Gundlach’s Service in Bakersfield, we talk about 10 common signs that suggest you need plumbing services. 



Your sink drains slowly

If you sink drains slowly, then it could indicate any manner of problems. Most commonly, the drain is obstructed by hair, makeup, or other common things that we wash down our drains. You can always try to use a chemical drain cleaner to see if that does the trick. 

However, in the case that it doesn’t, contact us at Gundlach’s Service in Bakersfield. We have years of experience with plumbing services and can help you quickly and easily diagnose and correct your plumbing. 

Your plunger isn’t cutting it

Pretty much everyone has had to plunge a blocked toilet or drain in their home. That being said, if you have tried and tried to plunge a blocked toilet or perform your own drain repair with a plunger to no avail, then it’s time to call in the plumbing services. 

Some clogs are deeper and more severe than most people are equipped to handle and unless they are resolved by a professional, any toilet repair attempts can make things worse.

You are out of hot water

Now, there are quite a few reasons that you may be out of hot water. You may have children who use all of the hot water in the morning, your water tank might not be that big, or maybe your pilot light went out. 

Those are all situations that may not require plumbing services. But, when there is no hot water because your water heater is cracked, leaking, or in need of water heater repair, it’s time to call a plumber. 


For those who live in the Bakersfield area, reach out to us at Gundlach’s Service, we are happy to help with any plumbing or HVAC issues! 


Your water isn’t coming out clear

Having running water in your house that flows on demand exactly where you need it is one of the modern miracles of today’s society. When it comes out anything but clear though, the magic is broken, and you can be left disillusioned and frustrated. Not only is discolored water gross, it can also be dangerous to the health of you and your family. 

If you notice that your water is coming out of your faucets, shower, or anywhere else any other color but clear, reach out to your local plumber right way. It can be a sign of corroding pipes, a faulty water heater, and more. 

You hear a gurgling noise

Some gurgling from pipes and drains that typically make those noises is completely normal. It’s when things that used to not make those gurgling noises start making gurgling noises that problems arise. Gurgling noises coming from your toilet, washer, or other appliances can be an indicator of blockages in the piping of your house. 

If you notice new or progressively worse gurgling sounds in your home or business, then reach out to your local plumbing services right away.



You hear a leak

Unfortunately, it’s all too common to hear a faint but distinguishable drip, drip, dripping sound from within your walls. When you can hear the leak, it’s best to get it taken care of right away. Not only can it hike your water bills up significantly from wasted water, but it can cause costly water damage to your home or business. 

Additionally, if left unchecked our unnoticed, you will be able to see water stains and potentially small pools of water show up around your house. Hearing a leak within the walls is a sure fire sign that you should reach out to plumbing services. 

You smell something goofy

Houses, especially with male children, are susceptible to all manner of unpleasant smells. We aren’t saying call your plumber if your house smells like socks and dirty laundry. However, we are saying that if you smell an unusual smell that hasn’t been there before that has a hint of sewage, then you should definitely call us. 

Sometimes you can smell a plumbing service problem before you can see it. Calling sooner rather than later can potentially save you from dealing with catastrophic and expensive consequences down the line. 

You have no water flowing

It may seem obvious but darn it if it isn’t a sign that you need to call a plumber. Should you find yourself turning your sink or shower handle and notice that nothing happens, it’s time to talk to a professional plumber. Plumbing services like Gundlach’s Service in Bakersfield will have your water flowing freely again in no time.

You have lame water pressure

It is normal to have water pressure decrease the further away you are from your basement (or wherever your water heater is). But if you notice that pressure has decreased from what it is normally in a certain area or pressure has dropped overall, then a plumbing service can help. 

This could be a small blockage in your faucet’s aerator or something more serious. Either way, it doesn’t hurt to have a local plumber come and check things out. Best case scenario, they are in and out in a few minutes and your problem is fixed right away! 

You have a swampy section of your yard

When you consistently notice that one section of your lawn is damp and swamp-like even though it hasn’t rained recently, that could be a sign of a very serious plumbing issue underground. You guessed it, if you see this, then call your plumber right away. 

Another pro tip is to look for one particularly green patch of grass amongst yellowing or less green grass. This could be something as simple as a leak in your auto watering system, or as dangerous as a full blown pipe leak.