Major Clues You Have Plumbing Issues

Your home is an intricate piece of machinery whether you realize it or not. The wires and pipes running throughout your home are delicate and require a pretty keen eye to monitor for trouble. Any homeowner knows just how big of an issue it is when something inside your home breaks or bursts. The power going out means your home can no longer truly function as far as lighting or energy is concerned. An even bigger issue can occur when your plumbing goes awry. The pipes and tubes in your home play a huge part in how daily life operates. You turn on the faucet, water appears. You take a shower in the morning without a second thought, and running the dishwasher is a chore you don’t really have to think about. If you aren’t so sure of how to tell if you’re plumbing is on the fritz, check out some of the warning signs below.

Dampness in Enclosed Spaces

This is one of the easiest warning alarms to look out for as far as your plumbing is concerned. The only issue is that many homeowners don’t notice what is going on in the enclosed spaces of their home. If you find mold or mildew on the outside of your bathtub of the walls of your basement then you know for sure there is an issue going on behind the wall or beneath the floor. Enclosed spaces are a little more difficult to deal with. Unless you get down and check in these spaces on a regular basis then you wouldn’t know. Checking beneath your bathroom cabinets and in crawlspaces will give you peace of mind when it comes to the plumbing in your home. If the cabinets are damp or have water damage then it might be time to call us to see if you have a current leaky pipe or it’s left over from another incident.

Low Water Pressure

Water pressure varies from location to location. Some homes have a great deal of water pressure where other homes may have surprisingly low flow. No matter what type of water pressure you have there may come a time when you notice your water pressure is much, much lower than usual. Low water pressure can indicate a number of issues with your plumbing system. Clogged pipes can have an impact on how much water pressure you have in your home. We can help keep your pipes free of buildup. One cause could be that your pressure issues might result from a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) that is old or even broken. We recommend that you change a PRV every 10-12 years. Another cause of low water pressure and more immediate concern is a pipe leaking somewhere in your home. It’s recommended that you call us to find the source of the leak if you have continuously low water pressure. We can diagnose the issue and fix it.

Toilet Clogging

There’s nothing worse than flushing the toilet and having it clog almost instantly. Many times the issue can be fixed with a simple plunger. Other times the water may run over the side of the toilet and create a much bigger problem. If you find that you are plunging the toilet multiple times per week then it might be time to investigate just why your toilet continues to clog for no apparent reason. There are a few reasons why your toilet is clogging frequently. Your septic tank may be to blame for the clogging. Sometimes your toilet can get backed up if your septic tank needs to be emptied. Another reason may be far beneath the ground. Tree roots can often grow through your pipes and cause your toilet to back up on a constant basis.

Contact us at (703) 457-8686 to find out the next step you should take when dealing with a continuous clogged toilet.

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