Sometimes there are obvious signs in your home that you need to call a plumber; if you have no water coming out of the tap, or if you’ve broken a pipe, those signs of needed repair are obvious. However, there are times when your plumbing needs repair behind the walls or under the floors, but you simply don’t realize there is a problem. Note four hidden signs that you may need to call a plumber for repairs at your home.
1. Your water smells or tastes rusty
This typically signals that you have rusted areas in your pipes, and the water is picking up this rust as it travels through your plumbing. Rusted pipes need to be replaced quickly, as the rust will continue to eat through and in turn, your pipes may burst. Be sure to tell the plumber which tap has the strongest smell of rust, as that’s where they’ll begin looking for problems.
2. Your water is overly aerated when it comes out of your taps
If you turn on your taps, and the water coming out is not a steady stream but is overly aerated, this can signal that you have a leak in your pipes and air is coming through. Your water shouldn’t be cloudy or bubbly when you fill a glass, so this too can be a sign that your pipes need replacing. In some cases, this could also be caused by a loose connection, but when air is getting into your plumbing, water may be leaking out. Call a plumber to inspect your pipes and replace them or the connections.
3. Your shower constantly clogs
The occasional clogged shower drain is normal, and sometimes a drain trap over the top can address this problem, keeping hair and soap scum from emptying into the drain. However, consistent clogs may signal that the water is not being directed where it should go and in turn, you may need a plumber to address problems with your pipes. He or she can also clear out any old debris that is blocking your pipes and causing consistent clogs.
4. Your water bills are too high
If your water bills cannot be explained by a rate hike or you know that your meter says you’re using more water than you actually are, you probably have a leak in your plumbing. A plumber can check areas of the home for proper water pressure and otherwise check the pipes behind the walls and under the floors. This will keep you from wasting water and correct a water leak that could be very dangerous to your home.
For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Shakley Mechanical Inc. or a similar company.