Your plumbing system is one of the most important parts of your home, and while most plumbing systems are built to last, sooner or later, all of them run into problems. It might be a tricky leak in a tough location or a clog that won’t respond to a plunger and a little elbow grease. It might be part of a kitchen remodeling project, or just an appliance like a sink or a toilet that need replacing.
Whatever the issue, you should always count on a reliable plumbing service to handle it instead of trying to do it yourself. Enterprising laymen may be tempted to try repairing a plumbing problem on their own to save some money, but that can backfire very easily: costing you far more than you thought and wasting time in the bargain. Generally speaking, anything you can’t handle with a plunger should be left to a licensed professional.
Symptoms Can Be Spotted
Fixing the problem yourself isn’t recommended in all but the simplest cases. You can, however, learn to spot the signs that you need to call a plumber, and respond appropriately. Some signs are obvious: water flowing across your kitchen floor, for example, or a drain that is very clearly clogged. But other signs are far more subtle. The sooner you can spot them, and determine that there is a problem with your plumbing, the better off you’ll be.
What Signs Can You Look for?
Such signs can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Odd noises: sounds of running or dripping water in unusual places, which can indicate a hidden leak. In addition, gurgles or groans coming from the pipes should be examined by a professional.
- Soft spots: water leaking behind walls or under floors can soften the surrounding material. Unexplained mold growth is another sign that you have some significant leaking issues.
- Hot spots or cold spots, which could indicate a leak beneath the spot in question.
- Cold water, or water that never gets as hot as you think it should be.
- Running fixtures: especially toilets, which run and run all the time without ever shutting off.
- Unexpectedly high bills: especially if you haven’t run the water in your home any more than necessary.
- Puddles forming outside your home or around the base of the home. In most cases, they will have no apparent cause.
- Low water pressure, such as water from the tap that doesn’t come out as quickly as you expect.
- Strange smells coming from your pipes, particularly the drains.
If you spot these signs, shut off water to the affected outlet. If you’re not certain of the precise location, turn off the main water valve which shuts off the water in the whole house. (Every family member should know where that location is.) Then call a plumber to get the situation dealt with as quickly as possible.
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