Plumbing problems are some of the worst that a home can deal with, both in terms of how they occur and how much damage they can do. Much of your plumbing system is hidden from view, which means that when problems happen they tend to go unnoticed. That is, until they cause some sort of catastrophic damage that demands a lot more attention.
By then, though, it’s far too late to commence with timely repairs. The best way to make sure that you aren’t caught off-guard by plumbing issues is to make sure that you know what warning signs to look for. That way, you can have the problem repaired faster and keep your system in better condition.
Dropping Water Pressure
There are a lot of different things that could cause a drop in water pressure, none of which are good for your plumbing system. Perhaps the most innocuous is city plumbing work that necessitates lowering your home’s water pressure, but if you haven’t been informed of that ahead of time it’s probably not the issue.
A far more likely cause of this kind of thing is either a large blockage or a leak in the pipes. If you notice that the drop in water pressure is very sudden, turn off the water in your home completely and call for a plumber. Sudden drops in water pressure usually indicate something like a pipe rupture, which can cause immense water damage if not dealt with as soon as possible.
Unusually High Water Bills
Another sign of a leak. Your water bills are going to go up the more water you use, of course, but there’s a difference between that and bills that seem to rise from month to month for no reason. If your monthly water bills are going up without an obvious cause, it might be that you need to have your plumbing system looked at. Leaks are the most common reason for this occurring.
Lime scale is one of the most common, and the most damaging, issues for plumbing systems across the country. It’s caused by exposure to hard water, which contains high levels of calcium and magnesium. Long-term exposure to hard water can result in lime scale deposits large enough to restrict the flow of water through the pipes.
You can’t really tell what’s going on inside your pipes without professional inspections, but there is another way to determine if your home has a lime scale problem. Check around your faucets, and in your shower or bathtub, for a sort of white crust or residue. That’s lime scale, and if it’s in those areas it’s definitely in your pipes. If you notice this, you should call your plumber immediately to come take a look at your plumbing system.
Pipeworks Inc. offers a full range of plumbing services in Bloomington, IL. If you need plumbing services of any kind, we can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert plumbers.