Plumbers are unsung heroes whose work has kept millions of homes safe over the years. The list below will help you identify and assist your plumber in arresting maintenance problems in your house before they get out of hand:
1. Foul Smell and Blockage
Foul smell happens to be one of the most obvious and uncomfortable plumbing faults that could happen to your home. You will most probably experience it with the sinks, drainage pipes, toilets and bathrooms and may also be a result of blockage of waste water flow. This means that something is clogging the pipes and it is definitely time to call a plumber.
2. Sounds of Running Water
All your taps are closed and you don’t have a mini-fountain in the home but you still here sounds of water flowing. This means only one thing; there is a pipe which has burst and needs repair before it ruins the entire structure of your home. Companies like Ben Franklin have leak detection equipment that makes it a lot easier to figure where the problem is located and fix it in good time.
3. Water Bill Increase
Has your water bill hit the roof recently? If your usage has not changed, then for sure the water is going somewhere. It is time to get a professional plumber to look around and fix the problem. First check your water meter reading, close all your taps for a few hours and check again. If the meter reading has changed, you need to give your plumber a call.
4. Mold or Mildew under your Carpet
Did you know that mold is a health hazard? It is important to regularly check under the carpets, sinks and cabinets to ensure that you are not hosting a time bomb. If you see any signs of water in the wrong place, let a plumber take a look and fix the water leak before it ruins your floor or fixtures.
5. Visible Damage
A crack in the wall, floor or water spots and water patches are a sure sign that you have a plumbing problem. This also means that the damage is at an advanced stage and should be treated as an emergency. It is unlikely that you will rightly predict a plumbing issue in good time to have it arrested and that is why you should have a 24-hours emergency plumber on call.
6. Dirty or Bad Smelling Water
Has the water in your fixtures changed color or acquired a smell? It may be an indication of rust of corrosion in the water tanks or it may be a broken pipe in or outside the house collecting regular dirt. The work of the plumber is to identify the cause and fix it.
7. Water Heater Issues
This is the one plumbing issue that you should not try a Do-It-Yourself solution. It is risky and has the potential of causing even greater problems including fire, electrocution or permanent failure. A water heater that needs repair may show one of the following problems:
- Leaking water
- Cold and hot faucets not working properly
- Giving less or no water
- Producing any irregular sounds
If you notice these or any other signs of plumbing issues, contact your plumber as soon as possible to avoid further damage. Remember that most repairs and installations are best done by a professional thus a Do-It-Yourself approach might not be the best solution.