There are few things more dreaded for homeowners than plumbing issues. Plumbing problems can cause leaks and water damage, disgusting toilet problems and a host of other issues that no one wants to deal with.
Fortunately, if you address plumbing problems quickly, you can typically prevent them from wreaking havoc on your home. The key is to know the warning signs of plumbing issues and then to address issues as quickly as possible with the help of a professional.
Everyone knows that a dripping faucet is annoying. What you might not know, however, is that it can actually be indicative of a more serious plumbing problem.
When faucets leak and drip, this often means that there are problems with the valve, and if you have problems with one valve in your home, it’s probably time to get the rest of them checked out.
Furthermore, dripping faucets can often mean your water bill will go through the roof, which is the last thing you want. Thus, take this as a sign that it’s time to call a plumber.
When you turn a plumbing fixture in your home, do you ever hear an odd screeching noise?
If so, this could mean that you have air in your pipes. And, when there’s air in your pipes, this typically indicates some kind of error or issue with your general plumbing system.
So, don’t ignore those odd sounds as just a fluke. Instead, take them as an indicator that you need to have someone look at your plumbing.
If you thought a dripping faucet was bad, dripping pipes are even worse!
Pipes that drip are pipes that need some serious, professional attention in order to get back in working order, or, depending on their age and condition, they might also need to be replaced. This is not a problem you’ll want to ignore since it could lead to pipes that burst, damaged flooring, mold and mildew buildup and other problems that will cost you time and money down the road.
Another thing to be on the lookout for are drains that are not functioning properly.
If your drain has a bad smell, for example, it may be clogged with food or debris. A clog could also cause your drains to not empty fully or to empty more slowly than usual.
In any case, drains that aren’t doing their job right are drains that need to be looked at by a professional.
Poor Water Pressure
When you stand in the shower, do you feel a nice, steady stream of water falling onto you, or do you feel a weak, unpleasant stream?
If your answer falls in that second category, you are likely suffering from low water pressure, which is typically an indicator of plumbing issues, though there are plenty of possible causes. The only way to find out what’s actually wrong is with an inspection by a professional plumber.
A Toilet That Won’t Stop Running
Finally, if your toilet seems to constantly be running even when it’s not in use, you’ll definitely want to get this issue addressed.
Like a dripping faucet, an always running toilet can drive your water bills up sky-high. Furthermore, it means that something in your plumbing system isn’t working like it should.
As you can see, your home will typically alert you to problems with your plumbing. It’s your job to be on the lookout for these warning signs your home sends out and to address them right away to prevent more serious issues. If you need expert assistance, contact HELP right away.