Important Warning Signs of Plumbing Problems in Your Home
July 3, 2016
July 3, 2016
Many costly home repairs arise as a result of plumbing issues; broken and leaking pipes can cause structural damage, foundation cracks, and prompt the growth of toxic mold. Learning to spot the warning signs of potential plumbing problems can save you thousands of dollars and prevent the need for expensive and inconvenient repairs.
Here are a few of the common early warning signs of plumbing issues:
- Low Water Pressure. Drops or changes in water pressure—especially sudden ones—are often a sign of dangerous clogs or leaking pipes. Clogs may lead to ruptures, which in turn may damage your home’s foundation, walls, or roof, and allow the formation of dangerous toxic molds.
- Rusty, Cloudy, or Discolored Water. Contaminants in the water are often visible as discoloration or “clouding.” While some contaminants may result from problems in the water supply, old or leaking pipes and water heaters can also contaminate and discolor the water in your home.
- Frequent Toilet Clogs or Backed-up Drains. Clogging drains and toilets often indicate a problem with the sewer line. Adhesions, invading tree roots, and sewer clogs are among the major causes of backed-up drains and uncooperative toilets; worse, if not resolved, these problems may cause a rupture in the sewer line, requiring a costly replacement.
- Gurgling Drains, Bubbling Toilets, and Gasping Faucets. When air becomes trapped in plumbing lines, your faucets, drains and toilets may produce bubbles, groans, and rattles. Unfortunately, these noises may also result from pipes coming loose from their fittings and rattling in the walls. Call a plumber to identify and solve the problem promptly, before serious damage can occur.
- Flooding or Moisture in Basements and Ground-Floor Rooms. Homes flood for many reasons, including rain, seepage from groundwater sources, and missing or improperly-installed gutters and drainage, as well as broken pipes. However, flooding that has no other obvious cause is often an indicator of a serious plumbing issue.
- Mold Growth On or Inside Walls and Cabinets. Mold grows best in damp or humid environments, and although some homes do carry enough humidity for mold to grow even in the absence of leaking pipes, mold colonies often spring up when leaking or broken pipes provide a higher than normal level of water in the walls.
If you notice these or any other signs of unusual moisture or “strange behavior” in your faucets, pipes, and drains, consult a plumber immediately. Early diagnosis of plumbing problems can save you thousands of dollars and prevent significant damage to your home. It’s particularly important to keep your plumbing in top condition if you plan to put your house on the market; buyers shy away from homes with plumbing problems, mold, or similar issues. In the alternative, you can always sell that leaky plumbing to 4 Brothers Buy Houses—we buy homes in any condition, including those with plumbing, roof, and foundation problems. Want to know more? Click here for a no-obligation quote today.