plumbing-services-signsPlumbing problems come in all shapes and sizes, some larger and more problematic than others. A simple clog can be dealt with fairly quickly in most cases, which replacing a ruptured sewer line and be an engaging operation. Most of the time, plumbing problems are relatively small, consisting of things like leaks in the piping or perhaps a malfunctioning appliance somewhere. In and of themselves, they don’t cause much damage. That isn’t usually the problem. The problem comes in the length of time it takes to detect the trouble.

It’s all well and good if you spot water spreading across your kitchen floor. You can shut off the water and call in a plumbing service immediately. But what happens when the problem occurs in a spot that you can’t see, such as behind the walls or under the floor? Such a problem can go on for weeks or even months before you detect it. Leaks, in particular, are bad news on this front, and unless you can spot the signs of trouble — signs that can be extremely subtle in a number of caees — your problem can go from a simple repair job to something much more extensive in an extremely short period of time.

The good news is that the signs, while subtle, can still be spotted, provided you know what to look for. We’ve included a list of such signs below, which can include but are not limited to, the following:

  • Soft spots on the walls, floor or ceiling. Leaks can cause surrounding material to soften as they become saturated with water.
  • Mold growth which can usually be spotted without having to feel the softness of the surrounding material.
  • Puddles, especially those forming where there is no apparent cause.
  • Strange sounds, such as dripping, gurgling or running water. Again, in most cases, there won’t be an obvious source for these sounds.
  • Higher water bills, especially bills where you haven’t used the water any more often than normal.
  • Odd smells, especially sulfurous smells or egg stinks. They often indicate a problem with your sewer line.
  • Outlets that are slow to drain. This sounds obvious, but in many cases, such a slow drain can arise gradually so that you’re not immediately aware of it. your shower or tub is an obvious place for such problems.
  • Low water pressure, such as water emerging from your faucets or other outlets without the force you might normally expect.
  • Discolored water, such as water that is brown or has flakes of rust in it.
  • Water that isn’t as hot as you expect, which usually indicates a problem with the water heater or similar device.
  • Cracks or similar signs of damage to the affected outlet. Sometimes this can happen in spots above a leaking pipe, such as the concrete of your porch.

If you spot these signs, or any other sign or trouble in your plumbing, shut off the water to the affected area and call in a professional immediately.

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