5 Tell-Tale Signs of Faulty Plumbing in Your House

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Whether you have just bought a house and
plan to renovate it or have been living in one for years, you should certainly
take a close look at the plumbing system of the structure. Faulty plumbing
works not only cause leaks and drips but these can also burgeon into
catastrophic proportions and bring your household to a standstill. A periodic
check of the plumbing system in your house can prevent such incidents. Look out
for the following five tell-tale signs of faulty plumbing:

1.
Leaking Faucets:
A
dripping faucet is an indication that one or more of its components need to be
repaired or replaced. You may try de-assembling the faucet and poke around to
find the culprit yourself. But faucets come in a variety of designs and makes
and usually specialized repair kits are required to work on a specific type.

2.
Low Water
Pressure in the Faucets:
Clogged pipes or inadequately-sized ones can cause
low water pressure to occur in your faucets. Even leaks somewhere in the
network of pipes can cause the water pressure to fall down.

3.
Wet Spots and
Mold on Walls and Along Pipes:
Wet spots may indicate grave plumbing
problems and must be attended to immediately. To check the state of the
plumbing works in your home, look for wet spots and signs of mold and mildew
formation in closed areas such as the crawl spaces and in your basement. Also
look under the sinks in your kitchen and bathroom and peer especially closely
in the area along the pipes and also beneath them.

4.
Water Backups
and Slow Drainage:
Both
these signs indicate clogs in the plumbing works. Slow drainage can be caused
by localized clogs, like along the pipe attached to a particular water outlet,
or by severe clogs throughout the plumbing system. Pipes can become jammed with
dirt, rust, and/or mineral deposits. Inadequate venting, like when there is a
lack of air within the pipes, can also impede the flow of water through the
lines. Severe clogs can then lead to water backups.




5. Rust Stains: Rust stains on sinks, around toilet
bowls, and along the inner walls of the bathtub indicate rusty pipes. Usually
water supply pipes made of cast iron tend to develop rust after years of usage
and if this problem is ignored, the pipes may even crack and break away.

Apart from the above-mentioned five
common signs of faulty plumbing works, you should also pay heed to strange
noises that may come from pipes and faucets. For instance, rattling and pinging
noises from the pipes may be caused by air trapped inside. If this is not
remedied, then you may end up with a slow-draining pipe that can eventually
cause water to back up.

Faulty plumbing works are not only
inconvenient but the ensuing water leaks cause your utility bills to skyrocket.
Sometimes checking and repairing the plumbing works requires immense effort
like drilling into walls. You may also need to possess or buy specialized tools
to carry out many plumbing repair and replacement jobs. When a DIY plumbing
project looks too daunting, call a professional and spare yourself the possible
frustration and perhaps even aggravating the situation.

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