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.