Plumbing issues are not always easy to detect. Leaks can be hidden, or problems might occur that are difficult to trace. Some plumbing problems in the home are major, requiring a plumber. Others can be addressed with an easy, DIY fix. If you’re unsure of what to look for, here are a few signs of trouble with your plumbing.

Slow Drains Can Indicate Plumbing Problems in the Home

If you have a shower or sink that is slow to drain, it’s probably a minor clog. In most situations, you can take care of a sluggish drain on your own. Chemical drain cleaners may work, but these aren’t recommended if you have a septic tank. Try using boiling water and a drain snake to remove the clog. If all of the drains in your home are slow, this is a sign of a bigger issue. You may have a sewer pipe backing up. Call a professional to take a look. If there is a problem with drainage from the house, it should be remedied right away.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure throughout the home could mean there is a problem with the pipes. If your home has hard water, the pipes can become clogged with sediment. Low pressure can also mean there is a burst pipe somewhere. Look for water leaks, puddles, and staining around the house. Listening for running water behind the walls. Call a plumber to help you locate and repair the problem.

Bad Odors Can be Signs of Plumbing Problems in the Home

If you notice a sewage odor in your home, this is the sign of a plumbing problem. If a rotten smell is only coming from a single drain, try to clear that drain with a drain snake, boiling water, or drain cleaner. In the kitchen, put baking soda and vinegar in the disposal and grind up a few lemon peels to eliminate the odor.

If there is a persistent sewage smell in the home, you may have a blocked sewer vent pipe or a problem with a P-trap. Call a plumber for assistance.

Unusually High Utility Bill

If your monthly water bill suddenly spikes, this is an indication that something is wrong. If the increased water usage can’t easily be explained, you should suspect a leak. Hidden leaks make your water bill higher. Contact a plumber or the local water company to check the water main.

Plumbing issues can lead to property damage and mold growth. Call a professional at the first sign of a problem to help protect your home.

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