Your plumbing is capable of withstanding a massive amount of stress through everyday use, but just like everything else in your home, is not immune to damage. Being aware of some of the most common and serious indications of plumbing problems in your home can help you identify when you need to call a professional for help.
One of the clearest signs that your pipes require professional attention, and potentially even replacement, is if the water that comes out of your faucets and water fixtures is severely discolored. Orange and brown water can indicate that your pipes are rusting, which can be common in older buildings with iron or steel pipes. Get in touch with a professional straight away, since rusting pipes are also structurally degrading and thus at a very high risk of developing a leak which can cause substantial amounts of water damage to your home. You should avoid drinking, cleaning, or generally using any of your water at all until a professional has had the chance to inspect and repair your pipes.
Reduced Water Pressure
Another clear sign that your plumbing may need repairs is if you notice that your water pressure is much lower than it usually is. If low water pressure is only affecting a single faucet, there are two possibilities. First, that a leak has developed, which means that you will likely be able to spot signs of damage elsewhere in your home. Second, that your pipes have become clogged, either at the end of the faucet or further up in the pipe, which may require the disassembly of your water fixtures. However, if all of your faucets are affected, you may be suffering from hard water, which will leave a chalky white buildup on your pipes and faucets and restrict the flow of water, or your water pressure regulator – if you have one installed – may be malfunctioning and reducing your water pressure too much.
Finally, the last indication that your home may be suffering from plumbing issues is if you notice the smell of sewage. This can happen if there is a clog in one of your pipes, but if everything is draining properly, it is more likely that there is some other underlying issue at play. If your sinks are the ones smelling, try running water to refill the P-trap, which can block sewage gases from floating back into your home. If your toilet is to blame, inspect the base to make sure that it has not become cracked or damaged, which can require a new toilet to be installed. If neither of these options fix the issue, and no clog is apparent, you should get in touch with a professional for an inspection, as it is likely that your home is experiencing a sewage leak somewhere.
Contact a service, like Preferred Plumbing & Drain, for more help.