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Signs you might need residential plumbing services
August 21, 2020 at 4:00 AM
This is a picture of a dripping faucet in need of residential plumbing services.

Your home’s plumbing may not be something you think about on a daily basis, but when something goes wrong, it can quickly become a big issue – and a big headache. Luckily, there are often signs that can alert you to plumbing troubles before they get too severe. How do you know when it’s time to call a plumber for residential plumbing services? Look for these signs.

Dripping faucet

The constant drip, drip, drip of a faucet is not exactly a soothing sound. In addition to being annoying, it can hurt your wallet. Even at the rate of one drop of water per second, you would waste more than 3,000 gallons of water per year – that’s the equivalent of 180 wasted showers. It’s going to hurt to see that show up on your water bill! If you notice a dripping faucet, be sure to call a plumber.

Leaky pipes

Where did that pool of water on the floor come from? Why is there water seeping through the wall? If you are noticing water in places it shouldn’t be, leaky pipes are probably the culprit. In addition to being a nuisance, leaky pipes can cause stains, rotting, and other water damage, as well as mold and mildew that are hazardous to your health. The longer you wait to fix leaking pipes, the worse the damage may get, so it’s important to call a plumber as soon as possible.

Clogged drains

Water draining slowly from sinks, showers and toilets is a telltale sign that something is clogging the pipe. In sinks and showers, this is often caused by hair, soap scum, or small items such as rings. In toilets, objects that don’t dissolve and were not intended to be flushed can clog the pipes. While a plunger or chemical drain cleaner may help at times, they don’t always fix the issues. If these solutions aren’t working or the clog is too far down the pipe to reach, it’s time to call a plumber.

Limited hot water

Nothing’s quite as relaxing as a nice, hot shower…until the water suddenly turns freezing cold. Not having enough hot water is a sign of water heater issues. Dripping water and strange noises at the water heater are also signs of trouble. If your water heater isn’t doing its job and turning on the pilot light isn’t helping, it’s time to call a plumber.

Low water pressure

Low water pressure can make it difficult to take a shower or clean the dishes. It’s not always an easy fix, either, as low water pressure can be caused by leaky pipes, corrosion, or the buildup of sediment and minerals within the pipes. Whether your water pressure has decreased slowly over time or has changed suddenly, call a plumber to come check it out.

Gurgling sounds

Did you hear that? That gurgling sound is the sound of plumbing issues. If you turn on the shower and the toilet starts making noises, or you hear strange sounds coming from your pipes, there’s a good chance that a pipe is blocked. Failing to have a plumber resolve the issue in a timely manner could lead to leaks, burst pipes and other issues.

If you’re noticing signs of plumbing trouble, contact Economy Plumbing Services. We offer a variety of residential plumbing services in Austin, TX and Marble Falls, TX, including faucet and sink repair and replacement, leak location and repair, water heater maintenance and more. Give us a call at (512) 649-2811 in Austin or (830) 253-3839 in Marble Falls, or fill out our online contact form.