Plumbing Problems? Top 6 Signs That the Problem May be Major
No one likes to think about the consequences of major plumbing or sewage issues – but as a homeowner, plumbing is a critical element for keeping you and your family safe and comfortable. Little problems can lead to major ones if ignored. A leaky faucet may not seem like a big deal, but if left for too long can cause clogs, backups and water damage. Plumbing services in Riverton can help keep your plumbing issues from becoming severe. Here are some signs that indicate your plumbing problem may be a major one:
- Clogged Drains: If your sinks and toilets are slow to drain, this could be indicative of a clogged drain. While a clogged drain is normal once in a while, if it happens on a regular basis, you should have your pipes inspected by a professional. Store-bought drain cleaners are not meant to be used on a regular basis and can actually corrode your pipes over the long term. Some are not recommended for septic tanks.
- Gurgling Noises: If you hear gurgling noises from one or more of your drains, the pipe’s diameter may be restricted by a clog; the gurgling is the water as it struggles to fit through the pipe.
- Backup of Waste: If you notice waste coming through a different drain (for example, up from the tub when you flush the toilet) it could be due to a clog in the pipe that carries your sewage away from your house, impeding its flow. This would be a good time to call a professional for an inspection.
- Invasive Tree Roots: This is one of the most common sewer and plumbing issues. If your home has mature trees near your sewer (10-20 feet), the roots could imbed themselves around and in the underground pipes. When you plant a new tree, make sure it is well away from your sewer lines. If you suspect that roots are getting in the way, have your system inspected.
- Damaged Water Lines: If your faucets don’t run clear when you first turn them on, or you experience low water pressure, it could be due to damaged water lines. The pipes could be corroded or there could be a breach where contaminants are getting in. This could be a major safety issue and should be dealt with immediately.
- Water Hammer: Pipes that make knocking or banging sounds when you run the faucets or flush the toilets in an older home can come from several areas of your plumbing system and should be addressed by a professional.
If you notice any of these symptoms in your home, a professional plumbing service such as Wolfschmidt Plumbing, Heating & Cooling can physically inspect your pipes and sewer lines to determine what the root cause of the problem is. Once they have diagnosed the problem, they will discuss the options that are available to you in order to have your issues fixed quickly. Call or contact us today if you suspect you have a plumbing issue. It’s best to call as soon as you notice a problem; waiting will only lead to bigger and more expensive issues down the road.