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Plumbing problems are very obvious and hard to miss sometimes. However, some signs of a potential problem aren’t as obvious. It’s in your best interest to notice signs of a problem as quickly as possible and call a plumbing service in Las Vegas, NV. Immediate action is vastly preferable to fixing problems after something has already gone wrong.
Water coming out of the tap should be clear. Brown, reddish, or yellow water could be a sign of corrosion in your pipes. Rust and sediment in a water heater tank can also cause discolored water. You can avoid this by having your tank flushed on a yearly basis to remove sediment build-up. This is especially important in areas with hard water.
Water Pressure Abnormalities
Low water pressure could be a sign of many different plumbing problems. It can affect the entire house or just one fixture. A problem isolated to one fixture is easier to fix, but low pressure throughout the home may indicate a leak somewhere. Call a professional plumbing service to isolate and fix the source of the problem. Sometimes homeowners postpone that call in hopes that a problem will improve on its own, but it’s more likely that the problem will get worse without intervention.
High water pressure isn’t better than low pressure. Water pressure should be constant to keep a home and its plumbing in good working condition. Excessive pressure puts a lot of strain on pipes and fixtures and reduces the lifespan of appliances. Unaddressed high pressure can eventually cause leaks and loose connections in the plumbing throughout your home.
Plumbing, especially in older homes, can create unpleasant noises at times. Many of us just get used to these sounds and barely notice them, but new or especially loud noises could indicate a problem. Gurgling, banging, or knocking noises may come from clogged or broken pipes or faulty appliances. Consult a plumbing service to find the source of unusual noises and fix the problem.
A Shaky Toilet
A wobbly or shaky toilet is an annoyance, but it can also lead to more serious issues. You can try to tighten bolts on your own, but seek professional assistance if that doesn’t fix the problem. There may be a problem with wax seals or the toilet itself could be worn out. You may need to install a new toilet to prevent problems in the future. Ask your plumber about water-efficient toilet models to conserve water in the future.
Clogged drains can occur for many reasons, but grease is a persistent problem. Grease shouldn’t go down the drain or garbage disposal because it’s only liquid when it’s very warm. Fat and grease solidify as they cool, which creates an excellent scenario to catch more debris and form a very stubborn clog. Drain cleaning solutions are very limited and may not solve the problem. Harsh chemicals can even damage pipes, especially plastics. Most drain cleaners can’t clear a fat deposit anyway. Plumbing service providers have specialized tools, such as cameras to see inside pipes and devices for removing clogs without damaging pipes or surrounding structures.
Foul odors coming from your drains could also be a sign of clogs. However, you may have a chance to address the problem before a clog forms. Old food, soap scum, and mineral residue from hard water can all build up inside your pipes. This material clinging to pipes becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, which are usually the source of foul odors. Plumbing service providers can use hydro-jets and other methods to clean your drains and pipes. Debris removal also reduces the risk of clogs in the future. Vinegar and baking soda are popular home remedies. A homemade solution may be helpful if the problem isn’t too far gone, and they’re usually isn’t any harm in trying. Vinegar and baking soda solution are less likely to hurt your home’s plumbing than the harsh chemical drain cleaners sold in stores.
Tree Root Infiltration
Tree roots are another problem that can cause clogs deep within water and sewer lines. It’s almost impossible for most homeowners to deal with such clogs on their own. No one really wants to tear up their yard and hunt for the source of a clog anyway. Call a plumbing service for help to avoid costly, time-consuming efforts that may not find or fix the problem.
Dirty waste water should be confined to drainage pipes that take the soiled liquid out of your home. Sewage backups into toilets, bathtubs, or sinks are a health risk. That water may contain harmful bacteria and other pathogens that could make people in the household sick. There’s also a risk of contaminated wastewater mixing with clean, fresh drinking water, which also carries a significant risk to health. Call a plumbing service provider immediately if you suspect sewage backups are forcing dirty water back into your home.
Although it may not seem like freezing temperatures are much of a problem in Las Vegas, it is very possible for temperatures to drop during cold winter nights. This can be a threat to plumbing pipes. If you turn on the tap and no water comes out, you may want to check for frozen pipes. Uninsulated and exposed pipes are more at risk of cold temperatures. Frozen pipes need to be thawed carefully so the water melts evenly. Uneven thawing can lead to pressure fluctuations that may cause broken or cracked pipes. Call a plumbing service to deal with frozen pipes safely and discuss insulation methods to avoid similar problems in the future.
Contact Craig’s Plumbing in Las Vegas, NV, to handle all of your plumbing issues in Las Vegas, NV. Craig’s Plumbing is a professional plumbing service provider with a team of licensed plumbers that are happy to help address problems or provide routine maintenance. A 24/7 emergency service is available too, so don’t hesitate to call if you have a problem that can’t wait.