Plumbing issues can be very difficult for the average homeowner to detect on their own, without professional equipment and the know-how to use that equipment. Most of your plumbing system is hidden from view, and the problems that arise within it are almost always subtle when they begin. This is part of the reason why we strongly advise preventive maintenance at least once a year.
However, you should also familiarize yourself with the warning signs that your plumbing system is having some kind of issue. In the rare event that something does happen between your plumbing maintenance appointments, you’ll be able to detect if fairly quickly and have it repaired. Keep reading to learn about the signs of plumbing repair needs, and call on a trained Durham, NC plumber when you need those repairs performed.
Decreased Water Pressure
A drop in water pressure is never a good sign for your plumbing system and can mean a variety of things, depending on how severe the loss is and how quickly it drops. Usually, a loss of water pressure indicates that you have either a leak or a blockage somewhere within the plumbing system.
A slow loss of pressure over time means a growing leak or blockage, like with limescale. A sudden loss of water pressure could mean that you have a pipe rupture, which qualifies as an emergency. Regardless, call one of our plumbing pros as soon as you realize you have a noticeable drop in water pressure.
Abnormally High Water Bills
Be sure to keep a close eye on your water bills from month to month, in case they begin to rise unexpectedly. Water bills that seem to be rising beyond what’s normal for the amount of water you use could mean that a leak is occurring somewhere within your system.
If your monthly water bills show that you’re using substantially more water than you actually are, it’s a good idea to have your plumbing system inspected.
Running Water Meter
One simple way to check if your plumbing system is leaking is to turn off all the plumbing appliances in your home, and then check your water meter. If the meter is still running despite no taps being on, then water is probably still leaving your system from somewhere—very likely a leak. Call a plumber if you notice this happening.
Signs of Water Damage
Even if you pay careful attention to your plumbing system, the unfortunate truth is that a lot of plumbing issues only become noticeable once they’ve gotten far enough along to begin inflicting damage. Pinhole leaks, for example, are usually found only after they’ve rotted out the surrounding area with water damage. If you notice any signs of water damage on your walls or ceiling, it’s a good idea to call a professional to check on it as soon as you can. The longer you wait, the worse the problem can get and you can be stuck with a very messy and inconvenient problem.
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