How Do You Know If You Have a Plumbing Issue?

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Plumbing issues can be minor or serious and require repairs and replacements. But before they get to that point, you can usually recognize the warning signs and take preventive steps to ensure your home stays healthy.

While most plumbing problems can be fixed easily by a DIY homeowner, there are some that need professional help. If you spot any of these issues, it’s important to call a plumber as soon as possible.

1. Water Leaks

Water leaks are often a problem that is not immediately obvious. That's because plumbing works are typically hidden behind walls and out of sight. However, a conscientious homeowner can detect these sneaky leaks and get them repaired before they turn into a much more serious issue down the road.

One of the most common ways to tell if you have a plumbing issue is through your water bill. If you see a spike in your water bill, that's a clear sign that there's a leak somewhere in your home.

Another way to find out if you have a leak is to check the water meter in your home. Simply shut off all of the faucets and turn off your dishwasher and washing machine, then watch the meter for about 30 minutes to see if the dials change.

Then, book a service with our team to pinpoint the source of the leak before it gets worse. That way, we can stop it before it's too late and fix the issue at its root cause, saving you a lot of money in repairs down the road.

2. Foul Smells

Foul odors can often point to specific plumbing issues that need to be fixed. Luckily, they’re relatively easy to fix and don’t require costly professional help.

For example, if you notice foul sewer gas coming from your sink or bathtub, it could be caused by an empty P-trap. This is a goose-necked section of pipe that is designed to block sewer gas from coming up the drain and into your home.

Its usually a good idea to run a few gallons of water in the P-trap once or twice a month to prevent it from drying out.

Another common cause of sewer smells is when the toilet’s wax ring breaks or isn’t properly sealed underneath. When this happens, wastes can find their way through the crevices and encourage bacterial growth, which leads to a foul odor in your bathroom.

3. Clogged Drains

Your home's drain pipes are there to carry wastewater away from sinks, showers,

toilets and tubs. If they're clogged, waste will back up and cause a whole host of issues throughout the home.

If your toilet overflows, for instance, this is a clear warning sign that something is wrong with your main sewer line. This huge pipe sends all the waste from your home straight to the sewer or septic system.

A clogged sewer line can also make strange noises that travel through the pipes. These may seem to come from plumbing fixtures, walls, floors or even ceilings.

If you see signs of a clogged drain, it's a good idea to call a professional plumber for help. These plumbers are trained to spot problems and take care of them quickly. They can also diagnose and repair clogged drains and fix leaks in your home's plumbing system. By learning what to look for, you can catch problems before they become serious or expensive. For help with blocked drains in Adelaide, go online and you can find resourceful information.

4. Climbing Water Bill

A higher water bill may signal a plumbing issue or at least an expensive repair. Luckily for you, there is a solution in the form of a plumber. While the plumber has your back, a good rule of thumb is to avoid the kitchen and bathroom for as much of the daytime as possible. One of the more daunting tasks is to get a clear idea of the scope of the job, which can be done by reading up on the subject on the internet. The next step is to actually schedule an appointment. You will likely get a more personalized service from a qualified professional than you might from a web search.

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