Most of us become aware of a plumbing problem when water spurts from a pipe suddenly or we wake up to find a flooded floor. However, there are more subtle ways to discover plumbing issues that may save valuable time and money. Here are four warning signs that your senses might notice that could suggest your plumbing system requires evaluation by a plumber.
Seeping water, even if behind walls or under the floor, can create a musty or moldy smell over time. Sometimes even a slight damp odor alerts us to the fact that water is accumulating somewhere that it shouldn’t be. If you notice a water-related scent, follow your nose to the source if you can. If you still cannot find a water problem, contact a plumbing company for advice.
Occasionally, damp spots can appear on certain kinds of painted or wall-papered textures. This may be due to sweating or humidity, but it often points to a buildup of water behind the wall. If the spot feels damp, or if the area feels damp even without a watermark or stain, contact the plumbers to see if an inspection is needed. Old damp spots that have been repaired and dried out but not yet repainted may become wet again if the repair does not hold. Touch is often a valid indicator of undersurface water.
The familiar drip-drip-drip of a leaky faucet is not particularly indicative of a serious plumbing problem. But if it persists and you are unable to repair it, you may want to contact a plumbing company for help. An ongoing leak could drive up your water bill or wear out the fixtures more rapidly. It also may suggest water leakage in other parts of the system that have not been detected. A thorough inspection can rule out larger problems and fix the immediate leak area. Similarly, if your water pipes start making new, strange sounds like gurgling, you might want to get a plumber’s opinion.
Unexplained dark spots in the walls, floors, or ceilings could indicate the presence of water. Wet areas below pipes are another concerning issue. Leaky toilets or sinks and backed-up drains beyond a simple home remedy may require a plumber’s assistance. Anything water-related in your home that seems suspicious is a good reason to contact a plumbing company for confirmation that all is well or so the problem can be addressed before it becomes worse.
Identifying a potentially serious plumbing issue can start by paying attention to our senses. If something smells, feels, sounds, or looks questionable with respect to your plumbing, it may be a good idea to contact a plumbing company for verification.