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4 Plumbing Warning Signs Every Homeowner Should Be Aware Of

 

Customer with plumbing leak

What would we do without the miraculous invention of indoor plumbing? Unfortunately, if you haven’t had your plumbing system maintained, you might be finding out sooner than you think!

So how can you avoid plumbing disasters in your household? Be on the lookout for these common warning signs of plumbing problems!

1. Popcorn Sounds Coming From Your Water Heater

The sound of popcorn in your microwave is a welcome one when you’re in need of a salty snack, but what if you hear that same sound coming from your water heater tank? This particular noise is an early indication that your water heater has an excess of mineral deposits and sediment built up at the bottom of the tank where the heating element is located. As the water heats to boiling, the bubbles escape from the layer of sediment, resulting in a popping noise. The solution is most often a water heater flush to rid the tank of corrosion and build-up.

2. Visible Corrosion On Fittings And Valves

If you notice corrosion and rust on your home’s pipe fittings and valves, there could be a number of factors that cause it. From low water pH levels which leave your pipes exposed to corrosion and leaks, to high oxygen levels that degrade the metal. No matter which culprit you find is causing the issue, it must be remedied immediately. Corrosion is a sign that something is going wrong and corroded fittings and valves on your pipes can lead to leaks and flood damages. Even small drips can cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year, depending on how many there are.

3. The Age Of Your Plumbing Equipment

One of the most common causes of breakdowns and system failure is the age of your equipment. Many homeowners move in without knowing when their major plumbing systems like water heaters and sump pumps were installed. Depending on the brand, type, and how well-maintained each system is, if it’s over a certain age, it could be headed for a host of repairs or even a replacement. Be aware of how old your equipment is and stay ahead of the curve by having professional maintenance annually.

4. Loud Motors

There are two plumbing system motors that often break down in the home: the garbage disposal, and the sump pump. While they are completely different systems, used in different areas of the home for totally unique purposes, both are very important. Hearing a loud motor sound in your kitchen’s garbage disposal can often mean that something is wrong with the blades or there’s a jammed grinding chamber. There could also be issues with the grinding plate, ring, or motor assembly. For the sump pump, a motor sound isn’t good! Best case scenario you can lubricate the motor, worst case, it needs to be replaced.

If you’ve noticed any of these signs of plumbing failure in your home, it’s time to call in the experts! Fortunately, we’ll send a plumber to your home free of charge to diagnose whatever issue is happening with your home’s plumbing system. Contact us today and prevent potential plumbing problems!

Topics: plumbing plumbing maintenance Plumber water heater problems indoor plumbing