Owning a home can feel exhausting sometimes, especially when something goes wrong and you suddenly find yourself in need of a plumber. A home plumbing system can be a funny thing because one day, everything can seem fine, and the next day, you may have a major plumbing emergency on your hands. While it may seem like the problem has arisen out of thin air, in most cases, there are signs, but you just don’t know what to look for or are too busy to notice them.
For most people, it’s more about being distracted than not knowing what to look for, but it can go both ways. A common example is small leaks. If you actually took the time to look under your sink, you might notice that there is some moisture below your sink drain pipe, but since you never open that door longer than to grab some extra toilet paper, you don’t have any idea that a leak has been slowly building there. Of course, when the leak turns into a waterfall, and you have to call a plumber, then you will know there is a leak under your sink.
With that in mind, it may be useful to set a scheduled time to peak around your home and ensure that you don’t have any plumbing issues brewing at your Grand Prairie, TX, home so next time, you are not as surprised. Believe it or not, a short checklist is all you need to keep yourself on track and keep your plumbing under control. While a plumbing emergency can happen anytime, you probably won’t need to call an emergency plumber anytime soon if you take a few proactive measures to protect your home.
Of course, it will help greatly if you know what you are looking for before you start inspecting your home plumbing. This is why we will also look at the top five reasons why people call a plumber. These are all reasons your neighbors probably needed help in the past and are all issues that are much easier to fix when they are caught earlier instead of later. With that in mind, take a minute to check out this list, and then take a second moment to walk around your home and see if you notice any of these things.
First up, you need to take a quick scan of your home and look for signs that you might have a leaking pipe. This is an immediate reason to call a plumber because even a small leak can cause major issues if left unaddressed over a large period of time. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t take much water to start causing water damage on your walls, ceiling, or flooring. In addition, a little moisture can quickly lead to mildew and mold- two things you don’t want to see in your home.
If you see any leaking pipe or signs of a leaking pipe such as a damp wall or flaking paint on the ceiling, you should call a plumber to come take a look at it. Proactive action is always better than waiting until the leaking pipe has done so much damage you will need to look at carpentry repair in addition to the actual plumbing repair. Plus, a leaking pipe means leaking water which means a higher than usual water bill in most cases.
Another common problem in Grand Prairie, TX, homes are knocking pipes. As the name denotes, this is when it sounds like your pipes are knocking. Usually, this happens when there is too much water pressure in your pipes. While this may seem innocent enough, eventually the pressure will build up and either lead to leaking near a joint as the pressure attempts to escape or eventually a burst pipe.
Therefore, while knocking pipes are not immediately an emergency, they do indicate that you could have an emergency situation down the road. Therefore, if you hear noises that are not normal near your pipes, it is a good idea to schedule a visit with a nearby plumbing company to check it out.
Signs of Rusting
Another sign that your plumbing is starting to age or that you have a leak is rusty pipes. Rusty pipes happen for two reasons: aging and water leaks. Water leaks often cause rusting to appear near joints or fixtures, but they can appear anywhere and lead to oxidation which will eventually rust your pipes from the outside. Therefore, it is a good idea to walk around your home and look at your pipes to assess their overall condition.
However, it is important to understand that old pipes can rust from the inside as well. You won’t see this until your water starts to pick up pieces of rust and either tastes metallic or you can visibly see a brown or red tint. This can have very serious health implications so if you notice this you need to call a plumber.
Everyone knows how annoying a running toilet can be, but outside of becoming an annoyance, it can also become a huge expense. A running toilet can easily run your water bill up by a few hundred dollars, so if you notice that your toilet is not working correctly it is time for a plumber call.
Higher Than Usual Water Bills
Finally, one of the biggest signs that you need to get a plumbing company out to your home is if you notice that your water bills are starting to rise. If you have a month when you use more water such as when filling a pool, you expect an increase. However, if your bill keeps inching up and you haven’t changed your water habits it is time to investigate.
If you need a plumber in Grand Prairie, TX, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Fort Worth and we will set up a visit at your convenience.