As a homeowner, you most likely know when there is an issue with your roof. You may see a shingle missing or you may have a leak coming through your home's ceiling.
Unfortunately, certain issues that require immediate repair will not show these type of obvious signs. Considering your home's plumbing and septic systems are essential for your home and family's needs, learning the early warning signs of distress will be imperative for a diagnosis and efficient repair by a professional plumber. If you are noticing one or more of the following signs, your plumbing may be in distress.
Increased Water Bills
Unless you have your own personal well, you will need to pay a monthly water bill to your city or community. This monthly payment will vary each month, depending on the amount of water your household uses during the period of time. However, the amount is usually close to the same each month.
If you have recently noticed an increase in your monthly water bill even though you have not increased your water usage tremendously, you may have an underlying leak that needs to be addressed immediately.
Even the smallest leaks can add up. Household leaks across the nation add up to an estimated 1 trillion gallons of water waste.
Thankfully, you check your home for minor leaks that may be costing you a great deal of money each year. Here are a few tips:
- Toilet. Place a drop of food coloring into your toilet tank. If the color appears in the toilet bowl after a few minutes, you have a leak in your toilet.
- Faucets. Check for moisture around each faucet in your home. Small drops of water leaking from sink and tub faucets or showerheads can add up to a lot of waste. Tightening or replacing the washer in these faucets will most likely stop the leak.
- Water Meter. Check your water meter periodically, as well. Document your usage two hours before and after water is used. If the meter changes even though you have not used water, there is a leak somewhere in your plumbing system.
Decreased Water Pressure
If your water pressure is low, it may be due to a variety of issues. In most cases, low water pressure will occur after other family members shower or while you are trying to run water while running the dishwasher or washing machine. Unfortunately, a decreased water pressure may also stem from an issue affecting your plumbing.
Dirt, debris and sediments will build up in your plumbing over time. This buildup can block water from running through your plumbing lines, which will affect your water pressure. In addition, pipes and valves may begin to rust, corrode or wear down, all affecting your water pressure. Also, a slow water leak can decrease your water pressure.
A decrease in your home's water pressure is not a serious concern, but the cause of it may require immediate repair. Your plumber will be able to inspect systems for corrosion or leaks to determine the best course of action to repair the problem and restore your water pressure.
Flushing clogged lines and even replacing corroded, damaged pipes may be necessary. If your plumber determines the decreased pressure is due to a leak, repairs will be made to prevent further water leaks.
From time to time, you may notice a different odor in your water. These odors should never be unpleasant, so if your water has a foul smell that is similar to rotten eggs, contact your plumber.
The smell of rotten eggs in your water occurs when sulfur is present. If the smell is noticeable in both hot and cold water, consider having your water quality tested. Treating with a softener will be necessary to rid your water of bacteria and sediments, which will prevent the foul odor.
If the sulfur smell is present in your hot water only, the problem can be found in your water heater. When worn components that contain magnesium combine with water and sediments, a chemical reaction occurs, creating the sulfur gas. Replacing the worn parts inside your water heater will prevent the reaction while removing the unappealing smell from your water.
Contact the professionals at Albert's Plumbing & Drain Service for help servicing or repairing your home's plumbing system.