Spotting pipe problems can be difficult and costly. Because pipes are located behind walls and under floors, it can become almost impossible to assess any problems unless you are a licensed plumber. This can result in serious problems growing bigger without any early detection. For example, a leaky pipe that is unnoticed behind walls or floors can actually be costing you a significant amount of wasted cash on high water costs. If that leaky pipe continues to leak, it can actually burst and create some serious water damage making it a very costly experience.
When Should I Call A Professional Plumber?
The initial inspection could be done by just doing a walk-thru of your house and look for leaks, turning your water on and checking the color of your water, checking the water pressure, looking for the quality of your pipes, if they are corroded, or have cracks, etc. Here are five warning signs to look for that should have you calling a professional plumber to inspect further:
1. Rusty or Corroded Pipes
Rusty or corroded pipes should be replaced, they can contaminate your water and can burst easier if the water pressure is too much for the pipes. Usually, you can see the pipes in the basement and see if they are corroded. If they are, it is more likely that the rest of the pipes throughout the house are corroded. This is a good time to call a professional plumber to make a professional assessment of your pipes and tell you if they need to be replaced.
2. Murky Water
If your water is cloudy or murky, you can have a water treatment system installed in order to purify your water for consumption, cooking, bathing, etc. If your water continues to be murky even after a filtration system is in place, contact a professional plumber for potential contamination of your water system.
3. Low Water Pressure
If you notice low water pressure while taking a shower, dishwashing or doing laundry, this can be an indication of pipe failure. Call a professional plumber to check the cause of low water pressure before any further damage occurs due to the pipe failure.
4. Damp Walls and Floors
If you are noticing water stains on their walls or floors, you need to call for pipe leak repair before it results in serious water damage. Allowing water to linger on the walls will only heighten the risk of mold growth, which can take its toll on your indoor air quality.
5. Outdated Pipes
Homes built before the 1990s may have piping made out of polybutylene, which has been since proven as defective and the source of many lawsuits. Your pipes are also outdated if they are made out of clay or cast-iron, allowing them to break apart quite easily.
Don’t let pipe troubles ruin your budget. Schedule a pipe inspection today.
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