Most of us wait to call a plumber until we’re in an emergency situation: There’s no hot water. The toilet won’t flush. The basement is flooded.
Instead of waiting until something goes terribly wrong, it’s a good idea to look and listen for a few things in your home that might indicate a future plumbing problem. It’s a lot easier to fix a small issue than to end up with a big headache.
A Running Toilet
When you hear the sound of water filling up the tank in the toilet when no one’s even using it, it’s important to call a plumber. There could be an internal water leak, the toilet flapper could have decay, or the toilet tank float ball or arm could be working incorrectly. Even though it’s not making a visible mess, a running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day. Get it fixed, and you’ll like your water bill much better.
Low Water Pressure
This might happen more often if you have an older home, but it could also happen in a new home if the right problem occurs. Low water pressure could mean you have a hidden leak in a pipe somewhere, there could be corrosion in your pipes, or it may be time to change your showerhead. A licensed Frederick County plumber can investigate to find the problem and offer solutions for better water pressure.
If your shower is cold by the time you’re rinsing off, you should ask a plumber why. The average life of a water heater is 8-12 years, so if yours is newer than that, it may need to have sediment drained or other maintenenace performed. If it’s getting older than 10 years, it’s definitely time to consider a new purchase before yours goes out all together.
A Dripping Faucet
It’s easy to ignore a slow drip, but that dripping wastes water AND money. It could be an easy fix that just requires a quick visit from a plumber.
A Leaking Pipe
If you see a wet spot on your ceiling, call a plumber ASAP. Pipes start to leak at the joints and can get worse as time goes on. The longer they leak, the more damage they can cause to your home.
Strange Sump Pump Sounds
When your sump pump is too quiet during a heavy rain, stays on for too long, cycles on and off too quickly, or the motor hums too loudly, there could be a problem. Before you find yourself in a flooded basement, give a Middletown plumber a call.
Call Putman Plumbing For Your Frederick County Plumbing Needs
Whether you have a small issue or a big plumbing problem, we can help. Just give us a call!