Plumbing problems are notoriously frustrating, and often difficult to detect without professional experience or professional equipment. Most of your plumbing system is completely hidden from view, and the issues that typically impact it are subtle when they first come about.
This is part of the reason we advise you schedule preventive maintenance at least once a year. However, you should familiarize yourself with the warning signs your plumbing system is having some type of issue, so if something does occur during maintenance appointments, you can be on top of it and know to call a plumber right away.
Read on for signs something is amiss with your Santa Fe, NM plumbing system.
Drop in Water Pressure
There’s never a good or even “okay” reason for an unexpected drop in water pressure. It could be the result of a number of different things, depending on how severe the loss is and how quickly it dropped. Typically, a drop in water pressure means you have a leak or a blockage somewhere in your plumbing system. A slow loss of pressure over time means a growing leak or blockage—like limescale buildup, perhaps.
A sudden loss of water pressure, however, may mean a pipe has ruptured. This would of course qualify as an emergency and you should call in a pro right away—actually, you should call a plumber as soon as you realize you have a noticeable drop in water pressure, period.
Unusually High Water Bills
It’s always a good idea to keep a close eye on your utility bills month to month, in case they start to rise unexpectedly. Your water bill is no exception. If your water bills rise beyond what’s normal for the amount of water you use, you may have a leak somewhere in the system. It’s a good idea to have your plumbing system checked, even if you just suspect that your water bills are indicating you’re using more water than you think you are.
Running Water Meter
This is one fairly easy way to see if your plumbing system has leaks anywhere—turn off all the plumbing appliances in your home, and then check your water meter. Is it still running? If so, it means water is likely leaving your system somewhere, which indicates you have a leak.
Visual Signs of Water Damage
Even if you are super observant of your home, many plumbing problems only become noticeable once they’ve gotten to the point they’ve begun inflicting damage. Pinhole leaks and similar problems are often only found after they’ve rotted out the surrounding area with water damage.
If you notice any signs of water damage on your walls or ceiling area, it’s a good idea to call in a plumber and have it checked out as soon as possible. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem can grow.
Remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to problems with the systems in your home. This is true whether we’re talking about your plumbing, air conditioning, or heating.
To reach a qualified plumber contact Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration today!