Our homes are places of protection, a place where we can raise our families and plan our futures, somewhere to be proud of and where you can entertain visitors. If you have plumbing problems, however, a happy home can become something very different. You don’t want to wake up in a cold home with no heating or hot water, or to find that you’re unable to use the lavatory, so it’s important to know the warning signs of a developing problem, allowing you to get the expert help that can stop a problem turning into a crisis. Here are some of the signs to look out for, and what you should do next.
Dropping Water Pressure and Slow Running Water
When your plumbing system is in good health, you should be able to get a steady flow of water from your faucets whenever you use them, and the strength of this flow should vary little from day to day and week to week. If, however, you find the water supply becomes erratic or much slower than usual then this is an indicator of a drop in water pressure. The most common causes of this are blocked pipes or a leak somewhere in the system, and if not repaired in time this could lead to a major leak, flooded rooms, and collapsed ceilings.
Unusual Noises from Your Pipes
While there can always be some noise from the pipes as water is carried through them, you should be aware of unusual noises, particularly long gurgling sounds and screeches. These are indicators that air is trapped in the system, and that the bleeding system is not working correctly. Left unattended, the noises will get worse, and you are likely to find a drop in water pressure and in the heat output from radiators.
What to Do If You Have a Plumbing Problem
Other warning signs of a plumbing problem include bad smells and lavatories that back up, so if you see any of these signs developing, you should call a plumber. It may be, however, that a major problem occurs without these warning signs becoming apparent; if you find yourself in a plumbing crisis, it’s important not to panic, but to take immediate action by calling an emergency plumbing specialist. Emergency plumbers provide 24-hour call-outs, so that whatever day or time the crisis occurs, you can be sure of a swift response. They also have a wealth of experience in dealing with all kinds of plumbing problems and will bring the tools with them that can allow them to resolve the problem quickly and effectively.
Plumbing problems can cause major disruption and damage to a property, bringing a large bill with it, so it’s important that you minimize the cost to yourself and your insurers by calling qualified plumbers as soon as you think there may be a problem to stop any damage spreading and to allow normality to be restored.