When it comes down to the list of the most dreaded things, a plumbing emergency seemingly worms its way to the top of the list. At least, it is always close to the top. The ubiquitous nature of water makes it versatile and the inability to access it can give a lot of headaches. That is even when you decide to ignore the cost and how disgusting a plumbing emergency can be.
For a lot of homeowners, a plumbing emergency comes around at unexpected periods; isn’t that why it is called an emergency anyways? Fortunately, for the keenly observant, plumbing emergencies have their own signals before becoming full blown problems. Here are five of the signs;
Your plumbing is a network of intricate pipes connecting different part of your homes to other part of town; if you run a municipal distribution system. As a result, when there are blockages and leaks, air bubbles would usually find their way to the surface of the pipes. If you are observant, picking up these odd bubbles can help you save a lot of time and money. You can just call up a professional plumber to look it up; it is better to be safe than sorry.
While this is not a one way street; having weak pressure in just one of your plumbing fixture might pass off as ‘one of those things’. However, if you are having multiple pipes and fixtures with low or weak pressure, you should treat it as an emergency. Such a problem will most likely be caused by a problem with the water itself, it is definitely something systemic. Before the pressure drops to zero and water is no longer able to flow, have your plumber check it out.
You have suddenly found out that multiple portion of your fixtures are clogged, it’s time to reach out to your plumber. As established earlier, your plumbing is connected to each other and a clogging somewhere will affect other places. Nevertheless, having your clogged pipes checked out before it becomes a full-blown emergency.
Some old houses have pipes that clang and when water runs through, it’s a clear indication that some fittings are loose. If you are still using iron pipes, it is highly advisable that you change them. If you use a plastic pipe and you notice that your pipes are continuously noisy, you should have your plumber check it out.
You should look at your sink and other areas around the house where your plumbing pass through, if you notice any wetness, pay attention. Wet spots are usually a spot prone to small but consistent leakages over a long period of time. You should have a wet spot checked out immediately.
If you notice any of these issues with your plumbing fittings, do not hesitate to seek your plumber to come and check it out. A plumbing emergency can be avoided, watch out for it!