When we tend to use anything on a regular basis, wear and tear is inevitable and regular maintenance becomes an essential step. Same is the case with your home plumbing system. Any minor blockage in your plumbing system can turn far more serious if not attended timely. Burst pipes, flooding, contaminated supply etc are some issues that are easily detected however there are few typical warning signs that you should pay attention to in order to mitigate or prevent any sort of further damage to your home.
Leaks & Puddles: Water buildup anywhere in your house is one of the most obvious indicators for something wrong. If dampening of room, mould growth etc is being noticed, it is advisable to check for leak in hidden pipes. However in case you find a pool of water or spot any dripping, chances are high for a blockage or damaged pipe. For a leakage, one can isolate the leaked pipe by stopping its water supply. If the issue lies with a backed up drain, blockage can be removed either by hand or through plunger. It is advisable to stay away from using harsh chemical drain cleaners as they may damage the interior of your pipes. In case of a sewer leakage or buildup, immediately call a professional plumber to tackle the same.
Noisy Pipes: When air gets trapped inside the pipes, it drives their internal pressure. This leads to loosening of joints and fittings or in worst scenario may lead to cracks or deformation in pipes. This problem is easy to identify as when air gets trapped inside the pipe, whenever the water flows through it, a rattling and groaning sound is produced. Seek a professional help before the problem goes out of hand and create huge ruckus for you.
Poor Water Quality: Strange taste, unpleasant odor, discoloration of water etc are some of the prime indicators of poor water quality. All this facts indicate that pipes have corroded internally and may affect your water pressure. Another cause of water contamination can be damage in main supply. Any external force or factor might lead to crack in pipes or may pull section apart. Seek professional help to repair or replace the damaged section.
Slow Running Taps: High as well as low pressure both is troublesome and can be an indicator of blockage, leakage or pump failure. Reduced flow of water from taps is the foremost indicator of drop in pressure. Moreover there are certain bathrooms fixtures that require water at minimum pressure and these may cease to function. First thing to do is to contact your local supplier to figure out that issues don’t lie with main supply or any sort of temporary reduction in service is in place. In case of blocked or damaged pipe, it is advisable to call a licensed plumber to tackle the issue and get your supply restored back to normal.
Lack of Maintenance: Recall when you last get your plumbing system checked, if it was long back then chances are high that something is in need of repair. Proper maintenance ensures that all the fitting are in place, pipes are properly insulated, drains are clear and there is no loss of supply. Most of the tasks can be carried out independently however a professional plumber can offer guidance and his expert services if you are unsure about any aspect of plumbing system.