Four Signs Your Plumbing Could Use a Tune-Up

Reno, Nevada, is a dry place. You don’t want to be caught with no water in your shower or kitchen—especially not when you discover where it all went an hour later—usually a puddle in the garage. 

Unlike appliances, a plumbing system doesn’t present a “unplug and plug it back in” situation. If there are issues with your water flow, you will want to address them immediately—preferably without unplugging anything first. That’s what the pros are for.

Luckily, you know what your plumbing looks like when it’s working correctly, so it’s relatively easy to spot when it’s not. Of course, if poking around isn’t something you signed up for, no problem—you can always call us to take a look.

This blog will cover some of the sure signs that your plumbing is running into issues. If you spot any of these problems, we advise working with a plumber to assess the scope of impact, possible damage, and opportunities for immediate recourse.

Indoor or Outdoor Flooding

The joints and couplings that connect your water supply to the source will be heavily guarded and well insulated. However, a long duration of time, certain weather conditions, animal intervention, faulty parts, or a quirk of engineering could always see these systems performing sub-optimally. When this happens, minor fractures can quickly become cracks, and over time, these cracks turn into leaks.

A leak is easy to spot for two reasons—firstly, you will likely discover water pooling around areas of your home where it should not. Ceilings and walls are prime examples of internal leaks, and over time, these leaks will damage your infrastructure and lower property value. If you see flooding anywhere inside or outside your home, don’t wait to intervene!

We mentioned a second way that leaks can be caught early, which would be…

Low Water Pressure

When you turn on your faucets and experience lower-than-ideal pressure, it is likely not a widespread problem in your area. More often than not, it is because the water pressure to your home is being diverted somewhere else—likely through a crack or leak. Because it’s challenging to locate exactly where these leaks occur (they are often behind walls), an expert can help identify and fix the source of low pressure.

Damp Ceilings or Walls

Like flooding, any dampness that you discover on either side of your walls or ceilings indicates that water is escaping from your plumbing system and taking up residence elsewhere. This can lead to mold, electrical shorts, and even structural damage when left untreated.

If you see water condensation on either your walls or ceiling, have a plumber conduct a test to see if your plumbing system requires tuneup.

Unexpected Jumps In Your Water Bill

When water loss occurs, or it’s harder for water to move around, it’s not uncommon to discover a leak shortly after. One way you can see this problem coming without any physical indicators is that your water bill is running higher than it usually does.

It makes sense—if water is leaking out of systems that should be static, your home will draw in more water to maintain pressure. This extra volume almost always results in unexpected water bill costs.

If your utilities are going up and you’re not sure why, it could be because your plumbing system is faulty.

Little plumbing issues can quickly become big plumbing emergencies. That’s why we offer 24/7 service in the Reno, Nevada area. Contact us today with any concerns or questions you may have, and one of our friendly service teams will be right with you to help set things straight.

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