Plumbing problems are not always readily apparent, but they can cost you money in long-term damage to your home if they are not addressed. That little drip below your kitchen sink that goes undetected can lead to mold problems or rot.
We've put together some tips to help you detect some of the plumbing problems that can cause serious damage to your home. By fixing these minor problems you can prevent bigger problems in the future.
Screeching Faucets - If you hear a screeching sound when your faucet is turned it can indicate that the air "bleed-off" system is not working correctly.
Low Water Pressure - Low water can have a number of causes, including clogged pipes, leaks in the plumbing or pipes that are inadequately sized to provide sufficient water pressure.
Rattling Or Pinging - These noises from can indicate that air has become trapped in the pipes.
Hidden Leaks - Enclosed areas of your home like crawl spaces and cabinets under sinks should be inspected for wet spots or mold, which can indicate a leak.
Gurgling Drains - If your drains gurgle, it could be a sign of blockage in the pipe. Once the blockage is removed, the gurgling should stop.
Backed Up Toilets - If your toilet frequently backs up it could be a sign that your septic tank needs to be emptied or that tree roots are obstructing the pipes and are causing blockage.
The water heater should be inspected for any signs of rust or corrosion on the tank or the pipes. If you have a gas-powered water heater, check the gas lines by putting soapy water on them and watching for bubbles, which could indicate a gas leak.
If you notice brown or discolored water coming out of your faucets, you may have an old water heater that needs to be replaced.
When the faucets are turned on, they leak water. This generally indicates that the O-rings or washers need to be replaced. If the faucets drip when not turned on, they may have a mineral build-up or need to be replaced altogether.
A drain that is slow is generally a sign of a blockage in the pipe. You might be able to remedy this by using a commercially available drain cleaning solution to dissolve the blockage, or you can try using a plumber's "snake" tool to break up and dislodge the blockage.
If possible, locate your main water shut-off valve and turn off the water to your home. When the water is turned off, check the meter to see if it is still running. If it is running with the water turned off, this may indicate a leak.
Have plumbing problems? Give MR. Plumbing a call, we can help.