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Plumbing problems come in all shapes and sizes and can be major and costly or minor and easily fixable. Sometimes you might not even suspect there’s a problem. But from low water pressure and drainage to rattling pipes and foul smells, your home often lets you know it’s time to hire a plumber.
Here are the top 10 signs to look, listen, and smell for before calling a professional.
Low Water Pressure
Do you struggle to rinse the shampoo out of your hair? Do items come out of the dishwasher still dirty? Poor water pressure is often to blame. Possible causes of low water pressure include anything from a clog in the faucet’s aerator to mineral buildup or fractures in the water main.
Is the water in your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry sink up to your elbows? You could have a drainage issue. There are many culprits for slow drains, but the most common is a clog. Instead of using store-bought drain cleaners that can harm your pipes, call a professional plumber who will use special tools to dislodge stubborn clogs.
Brown Spots on Ceilings
Brown spots on your ceiling are unsightly and a sign of a possible water leak. Before painting over the discoloration, have a plumber check your plumbing system for a hidden leak and have it repaired first.
Pipes should typically be fairly quiet. However, if you hear a rattling sound, especially immediately after you shut off the valve, it could be a condition known as “water hammer,” which occurs when the water stops abruptly or changes direction and creates a shock wave that leads to banging and rattling noises.
Foul Drain Smells
Large amounts of bacteria hang out in your kitchen and bathrooms, and they can cause some… interesting smells. A persistent foul smell from drains could signify a blockage or break in the sewer line.
Higher Water Bills
Unless you’ve been using additional water, such as filling a pool or watering new landscaping, a higher water bill is a clear sign there’s a leak somewhere in your home’s plumbing system. If you notice a sudden and unexplained increase in your water bill, call a plumber to investigate for leaks.
Peeling Paint or Wallpaper
Is the paint or wallpaper in your home suddenly peeling or cracking? Have you started to notice blistering paint in the bathroom or laundry room? Both could be evidence of a leak. Before patching and repainting or repapering, call a plumber to investigate for one or more leaks.
If one or more of your home’s toilets start gurgling, they might be trying to tell you there’s an underlying issue. Potential causes of gurgling toilets include blocked vent stacks or sewer lines.
Mold & Mildew
Mold growth is never a good sign, but if mold appears on cabinets or walls in the kitchen or bathroom, a leaky pipe could be the cause.
Clogged & Overflowing Toilets
Nearly every home experiences a clogged or overflowing toilet at least once. Sometimes the fix is easy, but other times there could be a blockage. If you’ve attempted a few plunges and it doesn’t do the trick, call a professional plumber to prevent further damage to the toilet and your pipes.
Hire a Professional for Any Plumbing Problem
If you’re experiencing a plumbing problem you can’t quickly fix on your own, it’s best to hire a respected local plumber. Atchley Air’s plumbers are skilled in plumbing installations, repairs, and maintenance. Our customers always get a fair price for high-quality work, so why settle for less?
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