One of the most frustrating things about a home plumbing system is how difficult it is to detect problems with it. Most of the system is hidden from view, and most plumbing problems are subtle enough in their early stages not to give off any symptoms. This leads to a lot of plumbing problems being discovered only after they’ve started inflicting massive damage to the surrounding area. However, if you know what to look for there are certain signs that you can find that indicate a need for plumbing repair.
Loss of Water Pressure
Loss of water pressure, whether gradual or sudden, is a sure sign that there’s a problem with your plumbing system. It’s possible that you have lime scale buildup in the pipes, which is restricting the flow of water. You may also have a leak somewhere in the system that is diverting large enough amounts of water to affect your water pressure. One way or another, you should call for repairs as soon as you notice this.
Rising Water Bills
Water bills can go up for a couple different reasons, usually because you’re simply using more water than you normally do. If you experience a sudden spike in your water bill, though, it could be because of a plumbing problem. Normally, this is due to a large leak or rupture in one of the pipes. Keep an eye on your water bills to watch for this problem.
Running Water Meter
One way to check for plumbing leaks is to turn off all the plumbing appliances in your home and watch your water meter. If the meter is still running, you have a leak in your system somewhere and should call for repairs. This one takes a bit of proactive effort, but it’s a good way to detect problems.