Plumbing problems lead to water damage and mold growth. Unfortunately, some of these issues may be happening for some time before they become visible. Read on for signs of a plumbing problem that indicate it’s time to call a professional.

An Increased Water Bill

A sudden spike in your monthly water bill might be from hidden leaks in your plumbing system. Keep track of your average monthly payment for comparison. If you see any significant change in your bill, you likely have a leak somewhere.

Mold and Mildew are Signs of a Plumbing Problem

Mold grows in damp areas. If you notice mold or mildew on your walls, ceiling, or cabinets, this could indicate a plumbing issue. Contact a plumber immediately to check for leaks and make repairs. Mold is unhealthy and can cause respiratory problems and allergy-like symptoms. Mold and mildew can also damage your belongings and your home, so it’s important to find and fix the leak as soon as possible.

Low Pressure

Low water pressure may be a sign of a plumbing problem in the home. This could be due to a clog in the line or a damaged faucet aerator. If you have low water pressure throughout your home, this may indicate a leak. Call a professional to troubleshoot this type of problem.

Sewer Odors are Signs of a Plumbing Problem

A foul smell may mean that the sewer line is broken or clogged. Call a professional plumber to inspect the lines and make repairs.

Discolored Water

Clean water should be colorless. If you notice discolored water coming from your tap, the problem may be a result of rust or corrosion. This could mean the pipes are old and need replacement.

Slow Drainage

When you experience slow drains, this is usually because there’s a clog somewhere. Try to run boiling water down the drain or use a drain snake to clear the clog. If drains are slow throughout your home, this is a sign of a bigger problem. It could be a clog or tree roots growing into the main plumbing line.

Homeowners should contact a professional plumber anytime they notice signs of a problem. A pro will assist with inspecting and maintaining the plumbing system.

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