Plumbing problems can be a real headache. If they are bad enough, they can become emergencies that are incredibly inconvenient as well as expensive. Luckily, plumbing catastrophes tend to have some warning signs. You just need to know what you are looking for and not ignore the signs. If you see any of these warning signs, you should call a plumber.
If you see gurgling in different drains, you probably have a blockage at the sewer drain which could turn into a real problem in the future. It is important that the gurgling in the drains happen in more than one fixture.
For example, if you turn on the sink and you see gurgling in the toilet, you have a problem that is probably the drain. You should call a plumber in Melbourne and describe the symptoms you’re seeing.
- Multiple Clogs
Similar to gurgling, big problems can begin to manifest first as drainage issues. If you have a drainage issue in one fixture, you might have some kind of clog in that fixture. You should attempt to snake it, but if you can’t clear it out, you should call a plumber. However, if you have drainage issues in multiple fixtures, it’s probably not a clog in each individual drain. It is possible that multiple drains coincidentally clogged, but it is more likely that it’s a clog farther down that could cause big problems later.
- Signs of Water
Leaking pipes or fixtures are one of the most expensive problems you might face. Not only do you have to pay for all that water that is just leaking out of your pipes or fixtures, but you also have to pay for whatever damage it does. Water can be quite damaging, especially to wooden or metal components. Constant moisture causes wood to mould and mildew, as well as rot. Metal rusts or corrodes and will eventually have to be replaced.
The problem is that these leaks are often very difficult to diagnose until they become big problems. They tend to happen inside the walls or the floor. You should look for signs of water throughout your house. Under the sink is a good place to look for water or water damage. Also, look for signs of discolouration around floors and baseboards. If you see those, you have leaks.
- Low Pressure
Clogs and other problems in the plumbing can cause weak water pressure. If it is happening in only one fixture, you should still call a plumber, but it’s likely you have some kind of faulty valve. If it is happening in multiple fixtures, you have a bigger problem.
- Bad Smells
If you start smelling bad smells coming from your drains, you have a serious problem. It’s possible that you have a clog in your sewer drain which is causing sewage to backup in your pipes. That is a problem that will turn very gross and expensive in the future. If you’re smelling sewage from your sinks or shower drain, you should call a plumber immediately.
Calling a plumber at the first signs of problems can reduce the expenses and inconvenience of a serious plumbing problem.