Water lines are essential to modern life, but with their incredible usefulness comes the need for maintenance. Whether it’s a simple leak or a full-scale catastrophe, plumbers serve an integral role in the safety and resilience of water lines. Most people only know a few things about their own plumbing lines, and it’s important to stay educated on dangerous signs of an impending disaster. Fortunately, there are a few common indicators that a call to the plumber is your best bet, and the following list should serve as a simple reminder of some of the more important signs of a serious issue.
Poor Drainage Flow
If a sink, faucet, tub or other drain is backing up and preventing water to flow, this can be anything from a mild plug to a serious problem with the lines. While it’s common for hair, debris and other forms of matter to sneak into a drainage pipe, these can sometimes be signs of another, more serious problem. Poor drainage could possibly be caused by breaks in the line, a serious back-up or a variety of other rare problems. If simple means of clearing the line don’t show promise, it’s time to call a plumber.
A Terrifying Smell
Most people will encounter the dreaded smell of rotten horror coming up from a pipe at least once in their life. Sometimes this comes from the kitchen sink, sometimes it involves the restroom, and it can sometimes even come from the shower drain. In the case of the kitchen sink, it’s usually caused by bacteria that grow on little bits and pieces of food that get stuck in the line. With the bathroom and shower, it’s usually a bit more sinister. If a horrifying smell starts to emanate from a drain, it’s time to call a plumber.
Mildew and Mold
Mold and mildew are not casual problems. While some people undermine the severity of these occurrences, it’s important to note that mildew and mold can cause serious health issues from sickness to long-term or even permanent health complications. These are living organisms, and their appearances mean that there’s moisture somewhere that they’re living on. If they start to appear in locations that don’t make any sense, it’s time to call a plumber. This can include the undersides of sinks, underneath important pipes, spots on the wall and even window areas. If mold or mildew starts appearing in places where there’s no clear signs of running water, that’s a sure sign of water somewhere around them.
Rising Water Prices
Water prices should typically hover around the same amount per month. There are exceptions to this rule that usually have to do with higher usage in the summer or lower usage during vacations or off-time. A rising bill with no change in prices is a certain sign that water is being used without your knowledge. This is often due to a break in the lines, but is also sometimes caused by nearby thieves that go undetected. Either way, a plumber is a great way to fix the issue quickly and effectively.
Charlie Teschner started MESA Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling in 1982. Charlie has a journeyman and master plumber’s license. He was raised with a strong work ethic and he now applies those values to tasks such as Longmont, CO heating repair.
November 16, 2016