One of the biggest problems with plumbing mishaps is that they’re often hard to detect until their results are obvious. After all, most of your plumbing system is hidden from view, and the problems that affect faucets and pipes are typically subtle to begin with. This is part of the reason we recommend scheduling preventive maintenance at least once a year.
However, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the warning signs your plumbing system is having some type of issue. On the rare chance that a problem occurs between plumbing maintenance appointments, you can spot it fast and have it repaired ASAP. Keep reading to learn some of the common symptoms you should watch out for.
A Drop in Water Pressure
A decline in water pressure coming into your home is never a good sign. Tt can mean a few different things depending on how severe the drop is, and how fast it happened.
A loss of water pressure means you either have a leak or a blockage somewhere throughout your plumbing pipes. A slow loss of pressure over time means a growing leak or blockage is occurring, such as with limescale.
A sudden loss of water pressure, however, may mean that you had a pipe burst—this qualifies as an emergency! Regardless of the assumed severity, it’s a good idea to call a plumber as soon as you realize you have a noticeable drop in water pressure.
High Water Bills
We know—this can be subjective. But what we mean to say here is that your water bills shouldn’t be abnormally high—if they do not reflect how often you’re using your water and plumbing appliances, then it could mean you have a leak somewhere. It’s a good idea to have your plumbing system professionally checked even if you just suspect a leak.
Running Water Meter
One simple way to see if your plumbing system has leaks is to turn off all the plumbing appliances in your home, and then check your water meter. If the meter is still running, it means that water is likely still leaving your system from some location—you have a leak! Call a plumber if you notice this.
Visible Signs of Water Damage
Even if you are super vigilant about taking care of your plumbing system, many of these problem only become noticeable once they have gotten far enough along to start inflicting damage. Pinhole leaks and similar problems are often only found after they have rotted out the surrounding area with water damage.
If you notice any signs of water damage on your walls or ceiling, call a professional plumber to check on it ASAP. The longer you wait, the worse the problem can get.
As is always the case with plumbing problems, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Call a pro as soon as you have reason to suspect that something is amiss with your plumbing system. The faster we can get to the issue and repair it, the better off the plumbing will be.