We’ve all been there before. You walk into a room and smell something rank, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. Suddenly, it hits you – the unmistakable stench of a plumbing problem.
When your nose detects a problem, it’s time to take action! The earlier you catch a plumbing issue, the easier (and cheaper) it will be to fix.
If a foul smell isn’t enough to convince you that something’s wrong with your pipes, here are five other signs to look out for:
If water is pooling in your sink rather than draining away, there’s a good chance there’s a blockage somewhere in the piping. This could be caused by food scraps and grease build-up to hair and soap scum.
If left untreated, the blockage will only worsen, eventually leading to a complete stoppage. And trust us, you do not want that!
Has your once-powerful shower turned into a sad trickle? If the water pressure throughout your home is suddenly low, it’s likely due to a blockage or leak in your main water line.
A drop in water pressure can also be caused by mineral build-up in older pipes. This is especially common in homes with hard water.
An overflowing toilet is every homeowner’s nightmare. It is a major mess, but it could also be a sign of a bigger problem, like a sewer line blockage.
If you flush and the water keeps rising, stop! Don’t flush again until you’ve called a plumber.
If you notice water stains on your ceilings or walls, it’s a sure sign of a water leak somewhere in your home. This is especially true if the stains are yellow or brown, as this indicates that the leak has been happening for some time.
If you notice a water stain, it’s important to find the source of the leak and have it fixed as soon as possible. Otherwise, you could be looking at serious water damage – and a hefty repair bill.
If you have a water heater, it’s normal for it to sweat (condensation on the outside of the tank). However, if there’s excessive sweating or puddling around your heater, it could be a sign of a serious problem, like a cracked heat exchanger.
If you notice sweating or puddling around your water heater, shut it off immediately and call a plumber.