6 Warning Signs of a Plumbing Disaster

A major plumbing disaster can leave you with flooding, water damage or no water at all. Don’t wait until you’re dealing with a major issue before reaching out for help. Our plumbers are available to diagnose and repair your problems at the first sign of trouble. Watch for these warning signs so that you’ll know when to schedule a plumber to visit your home in Sarasota, Florida:

The Sound of Running Water

While you’re certainly supposed to hear running water while you’re washing dishes, doing a load of laundry or taking a shower, you shouldn’t hear it all the time. If you hear running water when you’re not supposed to, there may be a leak somewhere in the house.

Examine the exposed pipes to try to locate the leak yourself. Look for visible drips and signs of recent water damage, such as water stains or warped wood under cabinets. If you can’t find the leak, speak with one of our plumbers about tracking down the problem.

Gurgling in the Toilet

Your toilet shouldn’t make noise when you’re not using it. When a toilet gurgles periodically, it’s trying to pull in air. This may indicate that a clog is forming in the pipes. The sooner you address this problem, the easier it is to clear the clog. Getting rid of that developing clog early will help you avoid the dreaded problem of a toilet overflow.

Unpleasant Odors

If your drains are releasing an odor that smells like rotten eggs or sewage, contact a plumber immediately. That rotten egg smell is hydrogen sulfide, which is emitted by sewage and bacterial growth. It may indicate that there’s a leak in one of your sewage pipes or bacterial growth somewhere in your pipe system. It’s difficult to track down the source on your own, but we can help. Identifying and addressing the cause of that smell will help you protect your family’s health and comfort.

Slow Drains

Have you noticed that water pools at your feet while you shower? Or perhaps your kitchen sink fills up with water when you rinse the dishes. Whenever a drain is running slowly, it’s likely that a clog is forming somewhere in the pipes.

The most common thing that clogs showers is hair. You may be able to remove this yourself with a simple drain cleaning tool. If you find that you regularly have to clear hair from drains, install a drain cover, which will catch hair and prevent clogs.

In other drains, the problem can be more difficult. Our plumbers can help you clear those stubborn clogs that simply don’t respond to DIY methods. To prevent future plumbing problems, periodically toss baking soda into the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar. This should help clear away gunk before it can form a serious clog.

Low Water Pressure

Many different issues can cause low water pressure. First, check the faucet head to make sure that it’s not clogged. If cleaning the faucet head doesn’t cause the water pressure to return to normal, you may have a leak, a broken pipe or an eroded water line. None of these are problems that you can fix yourself. Contact a professional immediately to fix the problem before the low water pressure becomes no water at all.

Corroded Pipes

Check visible pipes for signs of corrosion. You can typically find exposed pipes under your sinks and in your basement. Discoloration or build-up on the pipe is a sign of trouble. Other signs of leakage include water stains and warped wood. If you see any of these, you should contact one of our plumbers as soon as possible to fix the leak before it gets worse.

Have you noticed any of these problems in your home? If so, you may be facing a serious plumbing issue. We can help you diagnose the problem and come up with a fast solution. Contact Custom Air & Plumbing at (866) 819-0992 for professional plumbing repairs that you can count on.

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