04 Aug Hidden Signs that Your Plumbing System is Faulty
Depending on the type of material used, the average plumbing system can last for up to 50 years. However, external factors set in and some components start deteriorating earlier than anticipated. And since most of your plumbing system is out of sight, it may take some time to realise that something is wrong.
Thankfully, some hidden signs will warn you before things get out of hand. Now, the onus is on you to recognise these signs and take the necessary steps to fix the problem. If you notice any of the following, your plumbing system may be faulty:
Strange sounds from taps
Do you hear a creaking sound from your taps whenever you turn them on? That sound indicates that there is air in your pipes, and it may be a sign that something is wrong with your bleed-off system.
Reach out to plumbing service and have a professional check your pipes out before the problem escalates into a full crisis.
Low water pressure
Low water pressure or a slow stream may be a sign that something is wrong with the water distribution system in your house. Now, if only one tap is running slowly, the issue is probably with the tap in question. However, if all your taps have low water pressure, there may be a bigger problem at play.
It could be anything from a fault in the water main or worse, an active leak in your supply line. So, if multiple taps in your house start running slowly, you need to take steps to address the problem quickly.
Stained or damaged walls
There are many reasons for your wall to get stained. But if the wall’s surface is swollen in addition to brownish stains, it may be a sign that you have a leaky pipe. The same goes if your ceiling has a brown stain, and the room directly above that ceiling is a bathroom. Get professional help once you notice the stains because the problem is only going to worsen.
A slow drain doesn’t necessarily indicate a major plumbing problem. Most times, you can resolve it with a drain-cleaning solution. However, if you’ve cleaned your drain several times and the problem persists, it may signal that something more serious is faulty. At this point, the most prudent step would be to contact a plumber.
Foul smell from taps
If a terrible smell comes from your taps, there are several possibilities depending on where the odour is coming from. A foul smell that’s only around the kitchen sink could be food scraps collecting in the drain pipes. If your drains are clogged with a terrible smell, something may be wrong with your sewer line.
The 5 signs listed above may indicate that something is wrong with your plumbing system. But even if this isn’t so, these issues are enough to make your life uncomfortable. So if you experience any of the following, the safe bet is to get a professional involved. This serves 2 purposes: it solves the immediate problem and helps you ascertain if there’s a bigger issue you need to address.
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