According to the Insurance Journal, 19% of insurance claims are related to plumbing problems, but it’s often harder to tell when a plumbing problem is serious and needs immediate attention. As we go through our daily lives, we are likely to postpone addressing plumbing issues for later. However, as our houses and business buildings get older, these plumbing problems become obvious, frequent, and hard to ignore.
Whether your house is new or old, here are five plumbing problems that require your immediate, undivided attention.
Foul Pipe Smells
Smelly pipes, especially from drains and inlets, are serious problems, although often disregarded by most homeowners. Foul smells from pipes are signs of bacteria or mold build-up. Allowing this to persist by ignoring the smells and masking them with expensive air fresheners could result in more threatening problems, including:
- Contaminated water
- Obstructed water flow
- Pipe damages
Slow Draining Tubs and Sinks
We all know that annoying feeling that comes from endless waiting on your sink or tubs to drain. By the time it eventually drains, it leaves stains of soap lather, oils, or others on the surface of the tubs or sinks.
Slow draining can also cause mini floods around the house, especially when a tap is running.
Whether it’s the flooding, the stained sink, and tub surfaces, or the endless waiting, slow draining tubs and sinks are plumbing problems that require immediate attention. Depending on the cause, it could progress into full blockage of drainage pipes. That’s not something you like to experience.
Low Water Pressure
This one’s an unpleasant experience that’s similar to the slow draining tub and sink issue. In this case, water runs out with low pressure. Your taps are expected to deliver up to 15 liters of water per minute. This equates to a pressure range of 50-70 psi. If it falls significantly lower, it could be caused by underlying plumbing issues that should be addressed ASAP.
Having your tap run at good water pressure has never been more important. Washing of hands, fruits, dishes, and many other things require fast running water. In a time like this, the CDC advises that handwashing should be done with soap and fast running water.
As much as low water pressure can get exasperating, very high water pressure can cause faucets to drip continuously. Research shows that water pressure above 80 psi is hard for faucets to hold back completely.
Other than high pressure, dripping faucets can be a result of faulty faucets. Whatever the case, you have to contact a licensed plumber to fix the problem ASAP.
Rust is common in aging houses with metal plumbing pipes, resulting in even more life-threatening situations like lead poisoning. When you turn on your taps and notice a brownish or orange coloration in your water, you need to call a licensed plumber to check it out and find an immediate solution to the problem.
Experiencing any of these five plumbing problems? Then it would be best if you addressed it immediately. Anytime Plumbing of Santa Cruz is an award-winning local plumbing service committed to set new quality standards in residential and commercial plumbing services. We are always at your disposal and more than happy to help you solve all your plumbing problems.