Plumbing is usually one of these things you don’t think about until it could be too late. While the average homeowner knows how to work a plunger, plumbing is not usually very simple. It helps to know the warning signs that indicate it’s time to call a Katy plumbing company. If you don’t call when you hear the signs, you could have a repair that can cost thousands of dollars.
If you hear gurgling when you do laundry or flush the toilet, it can be a sign of a compromised drain. If the toilet is gurgling when not being used, then the system is trying to find air and it’s likely going to cause a backup.
Hearing Water in the Pipes
If you hear water running through the pipes but no one has the water turned on, then this indicate a leak. Check for brown or wet spots on floors, walls, or ceilings. If you find a spot and it’s warm, then you have a leak in the hot water line. You can also check the water meter to see if it’s spinning, even though no water is in use. Water running in the toilet can be a simple fix, but hissing noises can mean a bigger repair.
Low Water Pressure
Sometimes low water pressure can be gunk built up in the faucet. If you clean this out and you still have an issue, it can mean a water leak or fractured pipe.
If you notice your sinks are taking a while to drain then you want a pro to figure out the source of the clog. If you try to release the clog yourself, it may lead to pipe damage.
If your pipes have frozen in winter, then a Katy plumbing company is needed right away. Signs of frozen pipes include odd clanking noises when you turn on the water, visible frost on exposed pipes, or the water no longer running. If you try to thaw the pipes yourself, it can lead to cracks in the pipe or a burst pipe. Try to prevent frozen pipes by letting the faucets drip cold water when outdoor temps are freezing.
Sulfur or Sewage Odor
If your home suddenly smells like rotten eggs, there could be a broken sewer pipe under the home. If left unchecked, this can cause damage to your foundation and be an environmental issue. Anytime there is a strange smell, it’s best to call a plumber. However, if you smell gas then skip the call to the plumber and instead contact the utility company. This is not something you want to ignore, and you don’t want to be using any appliances until the system gets repaired.