Even minor plumbing problems can lead to serious issues in the home. You won’t often think about your plumbing as long as it works properly, so it’s important to look for these signs of a plumbing problem at home.
Gurgling Sounds are Signs of a Plumbing Problem
Take note if you hear any sounds of gurgling when you are flushing toilets, doing laundry, running the dishwasher, or taking showers. Gurgling sounds are a sign that you have a plumbing problem. It means that negative air pressure is building up in the lines. This is often caused by a clog or a broken sewer line. Call a plumber to troubleshoot the problem and make repairs.
The Sound of Running Water
Do you hear water running when you aren’t using any water? If so, you probably have a leak somewhere in the system. Look for brown or wet spots on your floors, walls, and ceilings. If you discover a damp area, see if it’s warm to the touch. That would indicate a hot water line issue and will be helpful information for the plumber. You can also check by turning off the water heater valve. If the meter and noise stop, then you know you have a hot water issue to fix.
If your toilet is running when not in use, you probably need to replace a damaged or worn flapper. If the toilet is emitting hissing noises, you’re potentially looking at a total replacement.
Signs of a Plumbing Problem: Low Water Pressure
The usual do-it-yourself fix when the water pressure gets low is the faucet’s aerator. This is an easy repair in the bathroom or kitchen. Unscrew the aerator, clean off any residue, and then replace it. If that doesn’t fix the issue or if the water pressure is low throughout the house, you may have a more serious plumbing issue. Low water pressure can indicate an eroded waterline, a fractured pipe, or a water leak somewhere in the system. Call your plumber right away.
Are the drains in your bathroom or kitchen sink draining slowly? Try boiling water or an over-the-counter drain product first because that will often solve the issue. Call a plumber if the drains still don’t operate properly. There may be a clog within the system and a plumber can snake it out for you.
Frozen pipes during the winter months are a common plumbing problem. This is not the time to put on your DIY hat. Call a professional to help. Your plumber can advise you on how to thaw the lines and will look for leaks and burst pipes. You’ll know you have frozen pipes when the water stops working entirely or you hear strange clanking noises when you try to use a faucet.
Do You Smell Sewage or Sulfur Odors?
It’s possible that you have suffered a broken sewer pipe or vent if you’re smelling sewage. You don’t want to allow this situation to persist. Broken pipes or vents might cause foundation and/or environmental problems.
Plumbing problems in the home should not be ignored. Call your plumber to be certain that any issues are fixed properly and promptly.