In some cases, the answer to this will be quite obvious—for example, your toilet has suddenly overflowed upon flushing or a pipe burst under your sink and is quickly flooding your kitchen. But not all Longwood, FL plumbing problems are that apparent.
Some of them make their selves known a bit more subtly. For example, you may hear a rattling noise when you turn on a faucet—a sign that air is trapped in the pipes, which can lead to bigger problems. Or you may notice mold growth in an area where your pipes run—the indication of a neglected leak. Keep reading for some more signs that it’s time to call for professional plumbing repairs.
Drip or Small Leak
Sure, a small leak or drippy faucet may not seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things. But you’d be surprised how many gallons of water are wasted each year due to the smallest of drippy faucets or pinhole leaks. Not to mention, leaks can quickly get worse if left unattended, leading to an emergency later on, anyway.
As we mentioned above, noisy faucets could be a sign that something is amiss with your plumbing. Now, if your water has been turned off for some reason and you’re turning it on for the first time since, it may sputter and make a small bursting noise right when you open a tap. However, in the absence of this issue, a screeching noise coming from your faucets could mean that the air “bleed-off” system is not working as it should.
Low Water Pressure
There are a number of possible reasons for this issue. It could be clogged pipes—if it’s centralized to one area, it may be a single drain that is blocked, but if it’s throughout your home then you could be dealing with a sewer line clog. Low water pressure can also be caused by a leak somewhere else in the plumbing system or even incorrectly sized pipes that cannot adequately supply sufficient water pressure.
Check along your pipes that run under the sinks in your kitchen and bathroom. If you see wet spots on them or beneath them, this indicates that you have a leak in need of repair. Again, neglecting these smaller leaks can lead to a bigger emergency later on—so it’s best to tackle this problem as soon as possible.
There is a portion of your pipes called a P-trap. This sits below your sinks, and is what prevents smells from coming back up the drain. The P-trap can dry up if the sink hasn’t been used in awhile, but also if there is a clog further down the pipe. Go ahead and run your water for awhile to see if the smell goes away. If it does not, you may need to call for a drain cleaning.