Common plumbing problems and how to spot them

It is usually best to call in a mechanical plumber if you notice any serious signs of problems with your plumbing system. While some DIY enthusiasts may be able to successfully clear a kitchen sink with a bit of luck, taking on serious projects by yourself can lead to serious problems and may cause extensive damage to your home or office.

However, it is still important to be vigilant for any plumbing problems in your home or office to be able to know when calling in the plumber is necessary. While most will be able to know when a toilet or sink is clogged, there are some more subtle or hard to pin down problems that require a bit of explanation.

Let’s look at some of the most common plumbing problems and how you can spot them before they get any worse.

Sewer odours

In terms of this plumbing problem, you will not be able to “spot” it so much as you will be able to smell it. If you notice odours that smell like sewage, and you have eliminated other possibilities, then there is likely a leak somewhere in your system. Rather than living with the stench, call in a plumber as soon as possible.

Sump Pump problems

If your sump pump seems to be working less effectively or not at all, then this could be caused by a variety of things. In many cases, older pumps tend to fail simply due to wearing out. However, there may be clogged discharge pipes that need to be cleared. One way to know for sure is to call in an expert.

Low water pressure

If you notice that the water pressure in your faucets and shower is not up to its usual standard, then you may need to investigate further to get to the source of the issue. Calling in a professional plumber will help you to determine whether it is being caused by old and corroded pipes, water leakage, clogged drains, or faulty sewer lines.

Poor water heater performance

Unless you are part of the cold shower trend, you likely appreciate the comfort of a hot shower each day. If your hot water heater is performing poorly, it is important to fix this right away. These problems usually have an electrical cause, though occasionally corrosion can cause them to perform less than optimally.

Burst pipes

If you live in a colder area, or if your pipes have old joints, then you may experience a burst pipe from time to time. If this happens, you may notice water damage in your walls or on your floors or ceilings. To fix these once and for all, make sure to call in a professional plumber to replace the faulty pipes.

Running toilets

Running toilets are fortunately easy to spot. You will notice that the water continues to enter your toilet without stopping. Beyond the annoyance of the sound that this makes, it also wastes a great deal of water. This is usually caused by a problem with the flapper value involved in the flushing process. Have a look for yourself, but if this is not the cause then call in the pros.

Call the plumber!

When it comes to plumbing problems, it is usually better to be safe than sorry. If you notice any of the above signs in your home or office, then it is important to take action. Call a plumber to ensure that no further damage will be done to your structure. Given the expense involved with the damage that may arise if you are slow to act, investing in a professional plumber is the financially prudent move.

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