Most homeowners only think about the plumbing when something goes wrong. But if you know what to look for, you can spot an issue before it causes serious damage to your home. Here are six signs of a plumbing problem – what to do about it.

Common Signs of Plumbing Problems

1. Water Stains on Ceilings or Walls

If you notice water stains on the ceilings or walls, it’s a sure sign that you have a leak somewhere in your home. It may be a damaged roof, or you could be dealing with a plumbing leak. To find the source of the issue, inspect your roof and check the exposed pipes in your home for moisture. If you can’t find the cause, call a professional plumber to locate and fix the problem.

2. Signs of Plumbing Problems: Low Water Pressure

If you’ve noticed that your water pressure is weak, it may be a sign you have a plumbing leak, especially if the pressure is low throughout the house. Look for other signs of a leak, such as water stains and mold growth. If you are uncertain of the cause of the low pressure, hire a plumber to troubleshoot and make repairs.

3. Strange Noises Coming from Your Pipes

If you hear strange noises from your pipes, it could be due to an obstruction in the line or air in the pipes. A water hammer happens because of uneven water flow and results in a banging noise in the pipe. This occurrence can cause damage, including problems with the pump or valve, and it may lead to leaks. If you’re experiencing water hammers, call a plumber. They may drain and refill the pipes or install a water hammer arrestor to solve the issue.

4. Slow Drains are Signs of Plumbing Problems

If your sinks and tubs are slow to drain, it could be due to a clog. Over time dirt, hair, pet fur, food particles, and other debris can accumulate in the pipes. Try clearing it with a plunger or drain snake if it’s a single drain. If the drains are slow throughout your home, this could indicate a more significant issue.

5. High Water Bills

Have you noticed that your water bill has been unusually high lately? It could be because of a hidden leak that’s wasting water (and money). Check fixtures for dripping faucets and make sure the toilet isn’t leaking. If you cannot find the source of the leak, contact a plumber. A hidden leak can worsen and eventually cause expensive water damage, not to mention costly utility bills.

6. Mold or Mildew Growth

Mold and mildew thrive in damp environments – like those created by leaks in pipes. If you notice mold or mildew growth in your home, try to find the source of the moisture. It may be due to excess humidity. Use ventilation fans in the bathroom when showering and in the kitchen while cooking. However, inspecting your home for leaks is a good idea if the mold returns. A hidden plumbing leak will lead to mold growth and water damage.

If you notice any of these signs in your home, chances are you have a plumbing problem – and it’s time to call a professional plumber for help. Plumbing problems can quickly become major disasters if neglected, so don’t hesitate to call a pro to locate the issue and make repairs.

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