Plumbing problems are a very common occurrence, especially in older houses and apartments. So much so that many homeowners already know how to fix them—or, at the very least, temporarily stop them from getting worse. And while this sort of knowledge is obviously extremely important to have on-hand, there are times when quick-fixes and DIY solutions just aren’t enough to curb the damage. In such cases, calling the professionals becomes a necessity.
Foul Pipe Smells
If you notice an awful stench emanating from your plumbing—particularly your drains or pipes—don’t disregard it with a shrug and a spritz of air freshener. Foul smells from pipes are a good indicator of more serious problems like mold or bacteria build-up.
If left unchecked, this could interfere with your water flow, water sanitation, and pipe integrity. The mold in particular could lead to a clogged drainage system, which is yet another plumbing problem you don’t want to have.
Slow Draining Tubs/Showers
As mentioned earlier, clogged drains are a problem you shouldn’t leave untreated. Clogged drains can lead to overflowing tubs or showers, which can then lead to minor flooding. Plus, it’s just plain annoying waiting forever for the water to swirl down.
Once the water starts to puddle in your bath, the automatic response is to reach for a bottle of commercial drain cleaner and start pouring. This works fine as a temporary, short-term solution. However, to avoid repeat incidents, make sure you call a professional to get your drains unclogged.
Some of the most common plumbing problems involve something leaking, whether it’s a pipe under the sink or the kitchen sink. Usually larger plumbing fixtures like leaking toilets or showerheads garner an immediate call to the local plumber. But in the case of leaking faucets?
Sadly, most homeowners are completely capable of ignoring the steady drip, drip, drip of their sink.
True, a tiny drop of water escaping every half minute or so doesn’t seem like the worst thing in the world. However, those precious few drops of water accumulate over time. Before you know it, you’ve wasted gallons of water in a week—and your utility bills show it. Fixing a leaky faucet ASAP can help you save roughly 10% or more on your water bill every month.
If the water in your toilet goes up instead of down when flushed, you know you’ve got a serious problem on hand. This is a pretty common household problem that can be fixed with pretty common household items i.e. a plunger and some rubber gloves. However, what most homeowners don’t know is that an overflowing toilet is actually a potential indicator of far more serious plumbing problems that aren’t immediately detectable. In this case, calling a licensed professional to deal with the toilet—and the subsequent problems—is in your best interest.
One of the surest signs of rust or other metals in your pipes is water discoloration. If you turn on the tap and the water comes out slightly brown or orange, you should immediately call a licensed plumber to get that sorted. Leaving rust in your pipes for too long can damage it—not to mention compromising the water purity.
These five common plumbing problems may seem like “quick fixes,” which consequently may make you complacent about rectifying them as soon as possible. However, they can be deceptively damaging if left long enough to fester, in which case simple DIY hacks won’t be enough to reverse the issue. If any of these happen in your home, call a licensed plumber ASAP for a stable, long-term solution.