Of all the systems that run through your home, the plumbing system is one of the most important. It’s also one of the most difficult to keep in good condition, at times. When a heater or air conditioner malfunctions, it tends to become fairly obvious in short order. When a plumbing system malfunctions, though, depending on the malfunction, it might not become obvious for months.
By the time you do notice it, it might be too late to prevent much of the damage that problem could cause. The best way to get around this is to schedule preventive maintenance at least once a year. In addition to that, there are a few signs that you can look for to determine if your plumbing system is having issues. One of the most common plumbing problems is leaking. So, let’s look at some of the ways that you can find a leak in your system.
Steadily Rising Water Bills
We should make it clear, here, that we’re not talking about the natural fluctuations in water costs as you use more or less of it. That should be expected, obviously. If your monthly water bills start to rise for no apparent reason, though, you should start to take notice. That could indicate that there is a leak somewhere in the system, which is wasting water and driving up your monthly costs. It’s a good idea to have a plumber examine your system if you notice this issue, just in case.
Look at Your Water Meter
Another way to check for leaks is to turn off all the plumbing appliances in your home, and then to check your water meter. If the meter is not running, you should be fine. If the meter is still running, though, it might mean that water is still leaving the plumbing system somewhere. That means you have a leak. Call a plumber at that point.
Dropping Water Pressure
Dropping water pressure at one or more points in your home could mean a couple of different things. It’s possible that you have a blockage forming in the pipes, as often happens with lime scale. It’s also possible that you have an issue at the municipal water main, though that would only be likely if you experiencing pressure loss throughout the house. Most commonly, though, it means that you have a leak somewhere. If it is a leak, and it’s causing a noticeable drop in pressure, it’s probably a big one. You should call for repairs right away.
If you experience sudden and near-total loss of pressure, that could mean that a pipe ruptured. Turn off the water in your home and call for emergency plumbing services, in that case. You don’t want to end up with an entire floor of your home flooded while you’re waiting for a plumbing appointment.
Pipeworks Inc. provides a full range of plumbing services throughout Bloomington, IL. If you think you have a plumbing leak, and you need repairs, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our plumbers.