Signs of Plumbing Problems in the Home

woman fixing plumbing problems under the sink

Plumbing problems like dripping faucets, leaking toilets, and corroding pipes are troublesome for all homeowners. Seemingly small issues often lead to more extensive damage over time when they’re left unaddressed. Pay attention to signs of plumbing problems in the home and repair them promptly.

Signs of a Plumbing Problem

Gurgling Sounds

If you hear a gurgling sound in your tub or sink when you flush the toilet, this is a sign that a pipe is clogged or your drain pipes could be compromised. A gurgling drain when water is running elsewhere, like a dishwasher or a shower, means it’s time to call a plumber.

Low Water Pressure Can Be a Sign of Plumbing Problems

Your water company may flush the lines periodically. If your water has been turned off recently for maintenance, you may experience low or no pressure. Should you find yourself with abnormally low water pressure, call your provider. If there is no work currently being done, you likely have a problem with a water line. Contact a plumber for repairs to improve your water pressure and prevent high utility charges.

Damp Areas Around the House

If you notice wet spots appearing on floors, ceilings, or walls, you have a water issue in your home. Check for damp areas under the water heater and beneath sinks. Wet spots are most often caused by leaking pipes. Even small water leaks can cause damage to walls and foundations, and lead to mold growth. Many issues can be avoided by taking care of your plumbing problems quickly. Call a plumber at the first sign of a leak.

The Smell of Sewage Points to Plumbing Problems

Another sign of trouble with your plumbing system is the smell of sewage. This can be dangerous for a couple of reasons. First, sewer gases are combustible, which means your home could become explosive in a very real sense. Also, the process of breaking down waste material produces hydrogen sulfide gas, which causes health issues if inhaled in large quantities. A sewer-like smell means you have a broken vent trap or a more serious plumbing concern.

Slow Drains

Another sign that you have a problem in your home is a slow drain. If you have a sink or bathtub that takes a long time to drain, you likely have a clog. You may be able to take care of a sluggish drain yourself. A bottle of drain cleaner may work, but there are times a plumber’s help will be necessary. If all of your drains are slow-moving, it’s a sign you have a sewer pipe backing up. While it may be costly to fix, it’s always better to repair the problem before it gets worse and causes further damage.

Plumbing issues may start small and unnoticeable, but if left unchecked, they will worsen and damage your home, belongings, and possibly lead to costly mold remediation bills. If you suspect you have a plumbing problem, call a professional to assess the situation as soon as possible.

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