We all know the importance of our home’s plumbing system. Living in Canada, we cannot afford to lose out on our water heaters and faucets. But sometimes, the plumbing system may breakdown due to several reasons, and you will have to face the consequences. However, if you stay on the lookout for the signs of breakdown, you can get the right solutions on time and prevent any major problems. Here are some of those signs.
1) Slow Drains
When you see that water flows very slowly through your bathroom and kitchen drains, and even from the bathtub and toilets, then it’s a matter of concern. Slow drains mean clogged or broken drains beneath. Minor clogs in the drains can be easily removed with simple tools at home. But if the clogs are deep within the system, you will have to undergo serious cleaning by our professionals.
2) Discoloured Water
Ideally, water from your plumbing fixtures should be the usual colourless water. But if you find any other colour flowing out from faucets and showerheads, your plumbing system needs attention. Over time, the inner surfaces of plumbing pipes and fixtures can get corroded just like the outer surfaces. If your home has iron or steel plumbing pipes, you will get reddish-brown water from the faucets. The reddish-brown colour is from the rust that develops due to the oxidization of metals. The same reasoning applies to bluish-green water from copper plumbing system.
3) Sounds from Water Heater
Whether you have a storage type water heater or a tankless one, if you hear strange sounds from it whenever you switch it on, it can be a red flag. When sediments and minerals are present in the water heater tank, they circulate when the water gets heated. Excess sediments and minerals can affect the efficiency of your water heater and also result in major problems later on. Hence, contact our plumbers and get the water heater drained and flushed. This will also increase the lifespan of the heater.
4) Dripping Fixtures
Dripping faucets and showerheads could mean the water pressure is too high in your home, or the valves inside the fixtures may be broken. Both of these may not seem like a very big problem. But consistent leaks result in water wastage and high water bills. Also, broken valves fail to filter water, which means you may get muddy and dirty water in your home. Therefore, never ignore even the most minor leak in your home.
Water pressure issues (low or high), mold growth on fixtures and walls, puddles of water, shaky toilets, noisy pipes, and running toilets are also some signs of faults in your home’s plumbing system. You mustn’t overlook any of these and get the right professional assistance in time to save major expenses and plumbing breakdowns later on.