When you think “plumber,” you think leaky pipes and clogged drains, but in reality, a plumber has their hands dirty with many parts of your home. Unless you’re well-read on plumbing, it’s not unreasonable to assume that you haven’t thought much about the condition of your main water line, your gas lines, or why a leak underneath your home is worse than one in the kitchen.
With all that being said, we’re happy to shed some light on some of the bigger plumbing problems that you may not have in mind. Plus, we’ll teach you the warning signs so you can stay on top of it.
Main Water Line Leaks and Clogs
The main water line is your home’s source for potable water. As you can imagine, an inoperable main water line can bring your quality of life to a sudden halt:
- Prepping food will be difficult or impossible without running water
- Your bathrooms will be inoperable
- Don’t expect to get any dishes or clothes cleaned
A small leak is not enough to render your entire main water line inoperable, but it will reduce water pressure.
If that small leak manages to attract the attention of a thirsty tree root, however, then it’s possible for the line to become clogged. Tree root clogs can get so bad that the affected line of pipe will need to be excavated and replaced.
There’s also the chance that shifting soil could cause the line to burst, which is much more substantial than a leak.
Signs of a Gas Leak
You might not realize it, but many plumbers are qualified to perform gas line repairs. Having your gas lines inspected with regular plumbing maintenance could be crucial for staying safe in your home.
Any issue to do with a gas line has big potential for danger and should be considered an emergency. One of the tell-tale signs of a gas leak is if you smell rotten eggs or sulfur. Another sign can be seen in the flame after turning on an appliance. A blue flame is good, but a yellow or orange flame means there’s potentially a leak in the line somewhere.
If you smell a gas leak, never attempt to investigate the source. Nor should you call emergency services while in the vicinity of the leak—the smallest spark is enough to ignite gas in a contained area. Evacuate the home first before calling the appropriate emergency services.
What makes one leak more harmful than another? It’s all about where the leak is located. In the case of slab leaks, these are leaks that form beneath the foundational slabs of your home.
What makes them truly a danger is that they have the potential to leak into your home and cause damage. The saturated soil is enough to push the foundational slabs upward, causing cracks in your floors or baseboards.
Slab leaks will only get worse as more time goes on, so don’t hesitate to call a Riverside plumber for assistance.
Contact A-Avis Home Services Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today to schedule a service for plumbing repairs.