Plumbing emergencies are a headache, frequently expensive, and always unwelcome. However, they’re often preceded by different signals indicating that a problem is imminent. There are common occurrences that signal a range of different problems and then some that are very specific to certain problems. Here are four of the most common signs that you’re in for some serious plumbing troubles.
1 — Clogs in Multiple Drains
Waste water is ushered from your house by collecting several different drain pipes into a single main drain. So, if you have a clog in only one sink, that’s an indication that the drain pipe is clogged somehow. If you have a clog in several different drain pipes, that means one of two things. It could mean that you coincidently have several different clogs. More likely, it indicates a clog closer to the main drain where multiple pipes connect. Those are often underground in your backyard. A problem with the main drain that’s not treated quickly can lead to a bigger problem that requires trenching your entire backyard.
2 — Low Pressure in Multiple Fixtures
Water also comes into your house through one main pipe. When that pipe is clogged or damaged, it will affect all or most of the fixtures in your house. Therefore, you can oftentimes identify a sign of a serious problem by a problem with water pressure. If it’s a problem in one fixture, you might just need a new faucet or showerhead. If it’s multiple fixtures, it will likely be a more serious problem.
3 — Unrelated Bubbling
You should call a plumber if you start to see water bubbling up for no apparent reason. For example, if you flush your toilet and see water bubbling up in the bathroom sink, you have a serious problem. Similarly, if you run the shower and water in the toilet bubbles, you have a problem. That usually means that air or water is trapped in your pipes.
4 — Wet Walls
Most of your pipes are in your walls, while a few are in your floor. Either way, if they start leaking, they’ll likely affect your walls. You’ll see moisture collecting, especially in drywall, on the wall. That can also indicate where the pipe is leaking.
If you see unexplained wetness on your walls, one of your pipes is probably leaking. That’s a problem that will only compound and get worse over time.
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