Some signs of a plumbing problem are painfully obvious.
No hot water? Call the plumber.
Overflowing toilet? BAM! You should have called the plumber five minutes ago.
Drains are going slow? That was a trick question — you can probably take care of it yourself.
There are a number of signs alluding to plumbing problems, however, that are subtle. You should pay attention to these. Catching plumbing problems early on prevents plumbing emergencies and it can help save money, too.
Here are 9 signs that you may have a plumbing problem on your hands. Keep an eye out for these in your home!
1. Loss of Water Pressure
You use the faucet every time you wash the dishes, brush your teeth, or shower… you know how fast your water normally flows. In the case that velocity reduces and you notice a reduction in the water pressure, you could have an eroded waterline.
2. Mold on Walls
If you happen to notice either black or green spots on your walls, then you have a mold problem. Mold appears in areas where there is moisture, and it could be a sign that your pipes are leaking water onto the wall.
3. Rattling Pipes
When water is running and you hear a rattling sound coming from your faucet, it means that your pipe is loosely fitted. Call a professional to fix the issue before the entire pipe falls off and you have to buy a new one.
If your toilet is gurgling when it’s not being used, your system is trying to find air, and you’re likely in for a backup. If you hear the noise when you’re running the washing machine or when taking a shower, turn off the water immediately so the system doesn’t back up into the house.
5. Frequent Toilet Clogs
If you always have to unclog your toilets, you have a plumbing issue. Adhesions, sewer clogs, and invasive tree roots are the main cause of toilet blockages. If not checked early, the issue could get worse and result in a rapture of the sewer line.
6. Moisture Low Level Rooms and Basements
If you find that the ground floor rooms are wet and you did not do any mopping, you have a plumbing issue. Either the house is missing gutters in certain areas or the pipes have been raptured, resulting in a leak.
7. Sulfur Odor
If the smell of rotten eggs is coming from your sink, or the toilet after you have flushed, you could have a plumbing issue. This can be caused by a broken sewer pipe or a vent.
8. Running Water Meter
As a precaution, you can decide to turn off all the faucets and check the water meter. If the device is still running despite closing all the water outlets, you have an internal pipe leak.
9. Pest Infestation
If you notice a sudden surge of bugs in your house, you might have a plumbing problem. Cockroaches and rats use the water pipes to infiltrate your house. Although buying a bug spray and calling the exterminator is a good idea, it may be useless if there is a pipe leak.
There you have it! Some subtle things to keep an eye on. If you’re looking around your home thinking, “Wait! That’s happening contact us right now! We’ve been serving Savannah for 50 years we have the expertise to take care of your plumbing needs.