Plumbing is not something you generally think about until a clogged drain or a burst pipe causes an expensive and inconvenient emergency.
While common plumbing problems seem to sneak up on you, there are many warning signs that your system is not functioning correctly.
Here are 5 signs that you may have a plumbing problem.
1. Greener Yard
One sign of plumbing problems is concentrated areas of lush, green grass or wet patches in your yard.
These concentrated areas are a sign that your sewer line is broken and is leaking wastewater into your yard.
While your grass will temporarily grow and thrive, eventually, the bacteria in the wastewater will kill the grass and any plants nearby.
2. Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure is one of the most common signs of a plumbing problem.
When you have low water pressure, you only get a trickle of water out of your faucets and showerheads.
Low water pressure can be caused by a buildup of debris or residue in older pipes, a leak, or pipes that are too small, all of which slow down the flow of water.
You can also experience low water pressure temporarily due to a problem with your city’s water supply.
If you are experiencing low water pressure due to a buildup in your pipes, it’s best to contact someone—such as this local plumber—immediately, as this is a serious plumbing issue.
3. Slow Drainage
One of the signs of a common plumbing problem is slow drainage.
Occasionally, having a blocked drain is normal, however, if all of the drains in your home are slow you may have a serious problem in your sewer line or sewer vents.
Note: while it’s common to pour liquid drain cleaner down your pipes to unclog a drain, the chemicals in the drain cleaner can harm the pipes. It’s better to call a professional and have them snake the drain.
4. Odors and Sounds
If you are smelling foul odors coming from your drains, or you are hearing running water, clunking or a gurgling sound, you may have a sewer pipe or vent problem.
Foul odors can be a sign of a broken, cracked, or blocked sewer line while weird sounds can be a sign of a leak or a pressure buildup in the plumbing system.
Foul odors and weird sounds should be checked immediately by a professional as they are an indicator your pipes are close to breaking and flooding your home.
5. Higher Than Normal Water Bill
An easy and simple way to figure out if you have a plumbing problem is to monitor your water bill.
If you see sudden spikes in your bill that do not coincide with parties, long-term guests, etc., you may have faulty, leaking pipes.
Look out for These Common Plumbing Problems
By being aware of the warning signs of common plumbing problems, you will be able to take care of minor issues before they become major issues.
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