As a homeowner, dealing with plumbing problems is probably at the bottom of your to do list. Unfortunately, with age and wear these problems happen, and need to be dealt with. If caught early, these problems can be repaired quickly and simply by a plumbing professional. If allowed to continue and worsen over time, repairs to your home's plumbing system could end up being incredibly expensive and drawn out. To avoid this, it's important to look for potential problem areas, and recognize them before they get out of hand. If you see any of these red flags in your kitchen, call a plumber right away.
A sputtering kitchen tap
If your faucet is sputtering, coughing, or inconsistent with pressure when you turn it on, that's a sign of a bigger issue. That irregular water flow and sputtering is caused by air in your pipes, which could mean either the pressure in your pipes has been disrupted or that there's a crack allowing air in at some point between where water enters your home and where it comes out of your tap. You're probably also losing water, which can increase your utilities bill and cause mold to grow in other areas of your home.
A constant drip from the faucet
Even at a rate of a few drips a minute, you could be wasting hundred of gallons of water a month. Don't just set a bowl under the tap to collect the water! Call in a plumber to either repair or replace the faucet. Often, with professional help, you can keep the same fixture once it has been fixed.
Drains that won't drain
If your drains are slow, taking some time to clear standing water, or allowing water to accumulate without plugging the drain, you may need help clearing your pipes. Over time, kitchen detritus, from grease to potato skins, can build up inside your pipes, causing issues with drainage. Unless you handle this issue in a timely manner, eventually your pipes and drain will be completely clogged. This can require much more expensive plumbing interventions. Trying to fix it on your own may cause worse damage. It makes a lot more sense to call in professional help as soon as you notice your sink drain slowing down on the job.
A leaky collection pipe under the sink
If you notice a pipe leaking, even in a hidden place like under your kitchen sink, you need to have a professional look at it sooner rather than later. Failing to do so could result in complete failure of the pipe and damage to your cabinets, flooring, subflooring and basement. Don't wait until the pipe breaks and floods your kitchen! Get it inspected and repaired as soon as you notice that pipe dripping and leaking.
An abnormal spike in your water bill
If you filled your pool last month, you can expect your water bill to go up. If you didn't do anything out of the ordinary and your water bill is on the rise, this is likely a sign of a leak somewhere in your plumbing. Trying to find and repair this issue on your own can be difficult, if not impossible. Professional plumbers can help you quickly and effectively track down the source of your bill increase and quickly repair whatever is causing the issue.
It can be difficult to keep up with your plumbing in your home, but recognizing red flags is a good place to start. If you have these problems in your home and are looking for a plumber in your area, contact Pioneer Plumbing today!
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