There are a lot of different plumbing issues that can afflict your system. Most of them are very difficult to detect, and all but a few are capable of causing some serious damage if they’re left alone long enough.
It’s in your best interest to make sure that you catch any problems with your system as soon as possible. Preventive maintenance is the best way to do that, but you still need to keep an eye out for any signs that your system is in trouble. Let’s go over some of the more serious signs that your plumbing system is having problems.
Sudden Drops in Water Pressure
Water pressure can fall in a system for a couple of different reasons, typically because there is either a leak or a blockage of some kind. Unless the city is doing some kind of work on your water main, you should call for plumbing service any time you notice a drop in water pressure.
If you happen to notice a sharp drop in water pressure, though, you might want to call for emergency plumbing services. A sudden and severe drop in pressure might mean that a pipe in your plumbing system has ruptured. That can cause an immense amount of water damage to the area around the rupture if you don’t act quickly to have it dealt with.
Unexplained Upward Trends in Monthly Water Bills
It should come as no surprise that the more water you use, the more you’re going to pay in water utility costs from month to month. You should definitely have a professional examine your system if you notice your water bills start to tick upwards without an accompanying rise in usage, though.
That is, if you’re paying more even though you’re using the same amount of water, you might have a problem with your plumbing system. Typically, this is because one or more leaks are siphoning water out of the plumbing system. You’re still paying for that water, so it’s a good idea to make sure that the leak is found and fixed as soon as possible.
Lime Scale Buildup
Lime scale is a type of mineral deposit that builds up in the pipes due to exposure to hard water. The longer lime scale is allowed to build up in the pipes, the more it will restrict the flow of water through the plumbing system. If the lime scale isn’t caught in time, it will eventually harden and become practically impossible to remove.
That will lead to having to replace all the affected pipes, which is a cost no one wants to have to pay. If you notice mineral buildup in areas that are regularly exposed to water from your plumbing system, you almost certainly have lime scale buildup in your pipes. Make sure you call a professional to clean them out and install a water filtration system as soon as possible.