31 Aug Use Your Eyes and Ears to Detect Signs of Plumbing Problems at Home
The repair or replacement of pipes in your Denver home is best left to plumbing professionals. However, as a homeowner, you can and should perform regular inspections of your plumbing system to ensure they are in good working condition. While professional inspections should be conducted yearly, you can do your own checks on a monthly basis. Use your eyes and ears to detect signs of impending plumbing issues.
Make it a point to check the visible pipes in your home, such as those in the basement, crawlspaces, and utility rooms; and watch out for the following:
Stains. Check the walls and surfaces near the pipes for stains due to leaks. House Logic states that even without visible dripping, stains can be a sign of past leaks that make future problems likely.
Corrosion Signs on the Tubing. Corrosion has many indicators, including stains, dimples, discoloration, pimples, and flaking.
Leaks. Even the smallest leaks can indicate a bigger problem. Consider a replacement especially if your home is over 50 years old – the pipes may be made of obsolete material.
Brown or Yellowish Water. When you fill the bathtub, take note of the water’s color, especially after a vacation, or if the water has been unused and has stayed in the pipes for quite some time. Brown or yellowish water indicates rusting inside the pipes.
Some potential plumbing problems may not be visible, but can manifest through sounds, so lend an ear to your pipes. Sometimes, you will actually hear these warning signs even without consciously seeking them. In any case, do not ignore these odd noises:
Rattling. Pipes may vibrate for different reasons. The water pressure may be too high, the pipes may be loose, or a phenomenon called water hammer may be happening. ImproveNet says that hammering occurs when the cushioning for sudden pressure changes is not working as it should.
Whistling. A high-pitch whistling sound may be caused by problems in the water pressure or the valves. Another possible reason is a problem in the water meter.
Squealing. A worn-out washer in a valve or faucet can cause squealing. If the noise resonates throughout the house, the cause may be the water pressure regulator or main shut off valve.
When you see or hear the above signs, call a skilled plumber that provides services in the Denver area, like one from Total Plumbing.
Are Your Plumbing Pipes Worn Out?, House Logic
Noisy Pipes, ImproveNet