One of the most tricky things about the plumbing system in your home is determining when it needs repairs. You can do it with professional services, of course, but if you had a plumber already looking at your system you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog. The real challenge is determining whether or not your plumbing system needs repairs on your own. This is not to say that you should avoid scheduling maintenance, because that’s the most accurate way to assess the health of your system. So, read on for some tips on what to look for if you just want to generally gauge whether or not your plumbing system needs repairs.
If your drains are giving off a smell reminiscent of a sewer, it’s a safe bet that you need to schedule drain cleaning services. There are a couple of different specific reasons why your drains might smell this way. If it’s just one drain, especially if it’s a kitchen drain, it could be that a buildup of organic waste in the pipe has reached a point where it has started to reek. This is more common for kitchen drains, since they deal with food far more often.
If it’s all of your drains that are giving off that horrible smell, then you probably have a more serious plumbing problem. Your plumbing vent could be blocked, which is forcing sewer gases back down into the home. It’s also possible that you have a blockage somewhere further down in the sewer system, with the same result. One way or another, it’s a good idea to call for a plumber if you notice this symptom.
Loss of Water Pressure
In the case of a leak or a blockage in the plumbing pipe, this is one of the first signs that a lot of homeowners notice. Dropping water pressure could mean a couple of different things. A steady drop in water pressure over time indicates that you have either a gradually worsening blockage in the pipe, or a leak in the system that’s getting larger. A sudden drop in water pressure is a much more serious issue, and often means that you have a pipe rupture somewhere in the system.
Water damage or mold is often the result of a very small leak, like a pinhole leak, that’s been left alone for a long period of time. Pinhole leaks are small enough that they don’t give off any warning signs for weeks or months after they occur, which often gives them time to rot out the surrounding area with water damage. Homeowners tend to only notice these leaks when they see their handiwork, which is a large water damaged or moldy spot on the floor, walls, or ceiling. If you notice water damage or mold anywhere in your home, it could easily mean that your plumbing system is in need of repairs. Contact a plumber right away.