Nobody thinks about their plumbing systems until they have a problem. Once there is an issue, putting off repair can result in damage and more cost of repair. Small leaks or drips can also lead to mold growth. This leads to a reduction in indoor air quality and can be the cause of asthma attacks or itchy eyes. Therefore, keeping an eye out for plumbing issues should be a consideration for both home-owners and a person looking to purchase a house. It can be difficult to detect problems if you don’t know what to look out for. Below are some signs to be aware of:

1. Sputtering Faucet:

One of the most commonly overlooked symptoms of a plumbing problem. People consider this as harmless air in the pipes. If it is an occasional thing, it may be true. However, if it happens regularly or faucets in different parts of the home doing this then something is wrong. It can signal that there is a crack or break in a water pipe that allows air inside the pipes. This usually happens with a main line coming into the house. It can lead to costly repairs. It is best to call an expert to check out the pipes and locate the crack before major damage.

2. Dripping Faucet:

This can raise a water bill and waste gallons of water. Water moves in the pipes due to pressure. Rubber or silicone based washers form seals that are there to prevent leaks when the faucet is turned off. These washers can wither over time, becoming stiff or tear a bit, which can lead to corrosion of the part of the faucet that stops water from flowing. In this case you will have to replace the fixture. This is a common problem that should be patched up as soon as it happens.

3. Stuck Drains/Toilets:

A completely clogged sink drain usually means the drain got slower before stopping completely. The prevention to this is regular drain cleaning. Drains will sometimes slow down for harmless reasons but if it lasts more than a few hours it’s a problem. A drain becoming consistently slow over a period of time signifies obstruction of pipes. This also applies to slow toilet or shower drains. If this is the case, you will need to call a plumber to clear out the lines. If you don’t have it taken care of as soon as possible, water can overflow and cause damage to the floor.

4. Ceiling/Wall Stains:

If you happen to see any watermarks on your ceiling or walls, it is a sure sign of a leaking pipe. This needs to be taken care of as soon as possible because a visible stain means the pipe has been leaking for a long while. If it is left unattended, it can damage the structural integrity of your house and encourage mold growth.

5. Water that Trickles:

If you turn on your taps and the water trickles instead of running, it signifies low water pressure. Another sign is if your shower pressure changes if someone else turns on a tap somewhere. The cause of this can be residue build-up in the plumbing. It can also mean a major leak in the pipes. The best thing to do is call a professional that can locate the problem and patch it up. Call Emergency Plumbers at  1300 237 246 for a quick and professional solution to your plumbing problem.